So often we use labels, like progressives and conservatives, democrats, republicans, and we do so to describe the volatile actions and beliefs of what
is ultimately an extreme minority of said group that screams the loudest, often actually with the intent of painting both themselves and their
opposition in negative light. Often the political leaders of said groups act to further this divide themselves, acting in deplorable ways while
proudly holding labels.
As a result when talking with each other, to save time, we tend to just use these labels when discussing what we dislike from the the other side,
painting each side with the deplorable actions and beliefs of the very very very few. This of course creates resentment, anger and causes the other
side to get defensive and go on the counter offensive. Rightly so even, most of us on all sides are simply regular people, and it's all bull#.
So it's become clear, as silly as it sounds, we need to come up with an alternate way to communicate these thoughts and feelings. Our natural
propensity to defend ourselves clearly is stronger than our ability to give each other the benefit of the doubt. So here's one idea. Please feel
free to come up with other ideas, let's brain storm together so that we can in the future encourage more open dialogue without taking offense so
easily and going on the defense.
The truth is, all sides have a blight within them tearing us apart. Parasites using us and feeding off us. Many of us want to be able to move past
this, to communicate and work together to remove these parasites. The wrongs we all feel by these extreme few are legitimate, a few can cause a big
disruption. In fact most of the worlds major problems are caused not by the many, but an extremely small percentage of the worlds population.
So let's find ways to bridge the gaps, extend each other an olive branch to a better way, learn to talk to and communicate with each other about those
within each others respect groups we feel are causing problems without painting each other in a broad brush.
So here's my silly idea, since as many keep saying, we tend to use our labels to save time, cause it's easier to say Progressives for example, than
specify every time that you mean the leaders and extreme minority each and every time. Unless of course we all come to an agreed upon short hand.
For example instead of progressives. EProgressivesM. Short for Extreme Progressive Minority. This as as silly as it is should help both remind the
user that, their problem is actually with a very small number of the opposition, and hopefully remind the opposition that the people the person is
talking about is the extreme fraction of themselves that are creating trouble for both them and their opposition.
Basically adding a E before and a M after any label in which it's extreme minority problem.
Or when talking Leadership or including leadership add an L to the label.
I know it all sounds silly. I think it's silly.
But it really does seem we need to figure out a way to get past this so we can communicate again without being constantly on the defensive and
offensive with each.
All houses are plagued with trouble makers creating problems on all sides. We need to find a way to be able to communicate our frustrations and work
together to defeat these people turning us against each other.
And please people don't jump in on this saying it's unnecessary because you clearly don't mean everyone and your opponent is just being unreasonable
by applying the label with a broad brush when you use it. I've not seen a single side of any aisle that does not take offense. Every single side is
So this is my idea, what do you think of it, and if you don't like it or think you have a better idea, please do share it. Let's work together to
solve this problem and make a stride forward in communication, mutual respect and understanding.
edit on 9/21/2016 by Puppylove because: (no