a reply to: SachaX
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I think people tend to get bogged down with the expectations of others, placed in the mind by the media. Where Christianity is concerned, many people
assume that Christians are all cardigan swaddled, corduroy trousered, socks in sandals types with a stick up their behinds, because that is the
impression often given by television and film, particularly satirical entertainment, which tends to play off generalisations in order to illuminate
certain truths, despite the shallow nature of the characters portraying those truths to camera. It is an effective way to achieve this, because by
simplifying individuals and sublimating them into the background of the demographics they occupy, it is easier to tell stories about them that people
can engage with, without making undue mental effort in so doing.
However, the reality of the matter is never as simple!
Put another way, I know from my experience of other human beings, that those who profess to the polytheism of old, are not all hippy dippy, daisy
chain advocates who fart peace and love and munch wheat grass and shout at meat eaters, and in the same way, not all Christians dress and act as if
they have not got a personality of their own
When dealing with matters like this, I refer to the words of John Green, an author and YouTuber, whose statements on like matters are as profound as
they are succinct. He once stated that the vast majority of perception problems like xenophobia, start when "We refuse to imagine others complexly.".
I believe he is right, and I have made it my mission in life to imagine others as complexly as possible, to minimise on any unintentional prejudices
which could develop in the absence of such an effort. When you can actually form a picture of a person that has more to do with them, than with the
demographic they fit into, you realise that no matter where a person is from, what they believe, they are individuals first, and everything else they
might be a very distant second.
That is something I have found very reassuring during my time on this world
edit on 28-8-2015 by TrueBrit because: Grammatical error