“All generalizations are false, including this one” ~Unknown
A generalization is taking one or a few facts and making a broader, more universal statement. Examples of generalizations would be saying that all blondes are dumb and airheaded(which by the way I’m proof that we’re not all air heads). The are other examples are often related to one’s nationality like all Irish people are drunkards, Polish people are stupid, only African-Americans can jump(as in basketball), and all Italians are mobsters. Then there’s the generalizations that all men are pigs and all women are bitches. Now I think most of us know that these statements are not true.
I’ve noticed a trend lately. I watch and listen to a lot of people who argue their viewpoints. I’ve noticed that when someone disagrees with someone else and can’t come up with a logical reason for their position they flip the script and say, “Well you’re a racist, a feminist, misogynist, xenophobe, homophobe, etc…”
This kind of thinking just breeds more resentment and drives a wedge deeper between groups of people. I could go around saying all the people who call other names are bad people but the truth is they’re not all bad. Misinformed people, yes, not bad. Let’s try something new today. If you are, or know of someone, who calls someone derogatory names when that person disagrees with you, reach out and try to get to know someone.
Thought for the day: A reminder of an old saying, “When you point one finger at someone you have 3 more pointing back at you
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