Originally Posted by Mercator
Exactly. Ayn Rand observed that prejudice is a form of collectivism: you lump people in a category, ignoring their differences as individuals. And stereotyping is the first step to prejudice. I have lapsed more times than I can remember, but better now.
I think thats very true, not only is it generally wrong to try to group like things, it gets us in big trouble doing so. Kinda like trying to identify minorities in America when there literally are very few that deserve that status seeing as how they live in the biggest melting pot in the world. They still use the WASP acronym like it matters.
We do like categories and hate things not to be grouped. Thats caused more problems than it ever fixed. I served with lots of southerners and some that would call Texas a Northern region (South Americans), few actually exuded any exclusive regional characteristics other than weather tolerance and an accent that generally wasnt all that identifiable. Hell, Im a New Yorker but I dont sound anything like those from Brooklyn or The Bronx nor do we experience daily life anything the same way. I have much more in common with JD and TLuk than I do with 8 million others that call themselves New Yorkers.
TLuk, trust me when I say I do have my share of joy and fun in life, it just isnt what others may call that much fun. I gave up being all that social years ago after being ultra social up to my early 30's. A joyful day for me is Grandkids hanging around the house and me working on one of my many house restorative projects (190 year old, 45oo sq ft home we bought 12 years ago that was a few years from the wrecking ball). Ive spent the last 6 months rebuilding 3 more rooms in our home from nearly chicken coop conditions to nearly pristine. Its mostly been lots of fun and its also a separate Retirement Account of sorts we will be able to fall back on if we live that long.
Truthfully, Ive found that nearly anything that can go bad will be just after an interaction with another human. I do my best to avoid interacting with people that arent allowed in my purple circle!
Heres what I loved about the South while I lived there during training (Ft Gordon GA)-
-Southern Fried Chicken, Okra, Beans and Rice, Pecan Pie
-Days in February that I could step outside without 4 layers of clothing,
-Generally very friendly and respectful people as long as you stepped out of the military villes and centers
-Very different architecture and vistas that I hadnt experienced close up and personal, just seen on TV.
-Citizens that take Pride in their regional roots and their nation, not apologists that want to prove something to people that have been dead 100+ years.
Those are things I find greatly lacking overall in the north even though thats not so true in our rural regions (9/10ths of NY land mass but only 30% of the states population).