“It’s partly true, too, but it isn’t all true. People always think something’s all true.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
I dislike sloppy thinking. Especially when it goes on in my own head. It seems so easy to fall into patterns. Many women I know have acted in a certain way. You are a woman therefore I will interpret you as acting this way whether you are or not. Instead of woman, insert any kind of race, creed, culture or any or the other ridiculous ways that we use to differentiate each other. Jewish people like to argue. Irish people like to drink. Left handed people are more creative. Yes sometimes this is true, other times it is laughably ridiculous. What is it that causes us to need to categorize people so that we can predict their actions rather than see each person as an individual ever capable of surprising us? What makes us see certain countries or groups of people as evil to the extent that not only do we then see everything they do as evil but attribute ALL evil to them?
I wish to look at this a bit more. Until then…
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Imagining by G A Rosenberg
Under Skies of Red by G A Rosenberg