posted on May, 26 2015 @ 11:22 AM
a reply to: Benevolent Heretic
I find it useful to generalize at times. I generalise lions and wolves, I do it to groups of people too. Doesn't mean I'm not gonna judge them by
I think the modern trend of seeing generalisations as oppressive and dangerous is a tad overblown. It's a helpful and logical way to deal with people
of all kinds. If I'm in Iran the people there will display certain stereotypes, same story in Texas. If I see a guy with a cowboy hat and hidden
carry I'll probably put him down as a conservative. And if I see a guy at an art exhibition lisping and being all fabulous you know what I'll be
thinking about him.
It's simply efficient and useful, it only becomes a problem when an individual gets stereotyped and put in a certain box despite showing all signs of
not living up to a certain stereotype. It mustn't become a trap for people but we shouldn't be afraid to generalise if a certain group of people
really do act in a certain way generally. It's a question of balance.
a reply to: thefallenone
How do you propose not thinking about it when such discussions inevitably comes up? I'm not actively going out of my way to think about it. If
someone mentions it I'll think about it, if I see two men having sex on TV it'll probably cross my mind just like I'd think of Homer Simpson if I
were watching the Simpsons. Isn't this obvious enough? I feel like you're being purposely obtuse here.
Honestly I don't see any merit in the discussion.