Originally posted by Ghost375
Is a progressive going to get offended by being called progressive? No.
So why do you reactionaries get so offended when you are called reactionaries? Riddle me that.
It is a simple difference between the progressive mind and other...people.
A progressive mind feels more secure and powerful when he (or she) can quantify, define, or outline who another person is. This method is the
context from which a progressive views society and the world. It's simple and quick and requires no assessment of an individual beyond the label they
This allows the one doing the labeling to establish where he and others fit within the progressive societal ideal and to guiltlessly dismiss all
of those who fall below their standard.
Ultimately this is all simply shallow opinion but it is a more effective shorthand for reference when dealing with large groups of people in politics.
And to progressives, the world is politics.
Others, not all but most, do not see themselves as a simplified and defined peg to be labeled and placed into the proper place as others see it.
Being stamped as "Item X", quantified and labelled at another persons narrow perceptions is, in and of it's self, offensive.
So obviously, you knew you would offend some people and get to gloat about being able to forsee that you would offend them as you set out to
troll....er, set out to do.
These people are different from you because they don't NEED to label every person so that they know how to fit them into a way of thinking.
Maybe labeling every person you see is simply a social shorthand like doing algebra with letters instead of known values.
Maybe you simply want to avoid the heavy lifting of calculating the mantissa and only want to handle the integers. Maybe you don't see the individual
as worthy of a name and labeling is a better system for you.
And yes, we know HOW to label people.
We simply don't need to constantly use these labels as a crutch.
You should know this though.
When it comes to people, all the best stuff is to the right of the decimal point.
Enjoy your social algebra.
edit on 6-7-2013 by badgerprints because: (no reason given)