We all use generalizations in daily life. I will not say that they are totally invalid. I will say that they are an impromptu way of getting your head
around a subject so as to decide on it in a moment's notice. They should only be employed before a concise study can be done.
The trouble is that we settle for their judgment after once applying their general and all encompassing arguments as sound ones. We tend to believe
that they are our own judgment when in fact they are usually handed to us prepackaged and already self explained.
We can live amongst a culture or trend and because we once, before we had any idea about them really we generalized about them, we then deny ourselves
a deeper look because that would challenge a belief we forged in a few minutes. A life time of belief for an opinion forged in a couple of 60 second
intervals. Think about that.
So I would challenge everyone to look over your beliefs if based on generalizations since generalizations can only be true to limited points of view.
Which is why they are usually not accepted. Exceptionalism is never true, and usually leads to logical fallacies about who you really are and what you
really are capable of /and others.
If your neighbor falls under a generalization you have made, please re-examine it since you might be completely off base. You would argue against
generalizations of you and your culture, group, or sub cultural classification.
Why then would you hold a lifelong belief of people you would argue against in your own situation?
Stereo types are easy to fall into. They tend to make critical thinking easy with all sorts of short cuts. They do you a disservice. You need to take
people on a case by case basis. This is not always possible, which is why I say that some generalizations are valid, all be it, for a temporary
assessment of a situation. They tend to stick in our mind as sound judgment though, which is why they are so dangerous and misleading.
Here are some examples I would like to see people educate themselves on. They are not what this thread is about though if you want to touch on them I
would think it valid. Any example of a generalization, stereotype, either good or bad should be deconstructed and seen for what they represent really.
Human nature being seen and an explanation being extrapolated incorrectly by us.
-Most Americans on a whole think their country is the greatest country in the world.
No, in rural areas you find that mentality. It is direct contrast to the HUGE progressive culture in the US. Liberal culture is not in line with that
belief and represents more than half of the US, so no. Hype and lies.
-Most Asians are good at math.
Some maybe. Their parents are stricter when it comes to education and by demanding more of them they become good students in general. I have known
Asian kids growing up, or at least saw them looking out their windows very sadly because they had home homework after school their parents gave them.
They also had insane study hours and that was in the US, imagine in their parents' home countries.
-Most Europeans are smelly.
A stereo type because of the hygiene craze that you must shave every part of your body and shower twice a day. Once is enough and a little body hair
-Most southERN Americans are dumb.
No, the immigration we see in our countries is not representative of their home countries. They are usually the most needy, lacking basic living
amenities at home, and more so lacking in education.
-Most people from Asia have violent tempers.
No, this is a cultural misunderstanding. They speak loudly and sometimes are very emotional, but would not touch you.
-Most people from Africa are tribal savages.
Just not true. In poverty stricken countries maybe, but give them infrastructure and they would be a second Shang hai continentally.
-Most tribal society is savage and backwards, that enlightenment and higher thought is implausible for them.
It is sometimes quite the contrary.
There are so many ways these are wrong but the one I take most issue with, which was the reason I made this thread, is the Americans spouting our
exceptionalism. Just not true. With the amount of liberal and progressive culture in the US it is just absurd to use the rally cry of less than half
of the US (conservative half) that might use this as an ideology, and that in rural areas at best.
edit on 29-10-2012 by manykapao because: (no reason given)