Why Can’t People Accept Individual Differences? A Satire.

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  1. Jodah profile image89
    Jodahposted 3 weeks ago

    Please take some time to read this excellent piece by Val Kara’s. It contains many truths, that many need to read.
    https://hubpages.com/politics/why-cant- … s-a-satire

    1. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      People, by nature, are tribal.  Tribal is having an association w/like-minded people in terms of characteristics, sociocultural connections, & beliefs.  Anything/anyone that is not congruent with their beliefs are suspect.  People embrace sameness & fear differences because such differences make people quite uncomfortable.

      This tribalism starts in families.   Parents usually favor/reward children who are similar to them in characteristics & beliefs.  They find such children manageable.  They view such children as extensions of them.   On the contrary, parents are threatened by children who are different than they are in characteristics & beliefs.  They find such children threatening, even unmanageable as they wish such children are more like them.

      In terms of politics, there is such a divide.  Each party has become more extreme.  Instead of accepting each person's political differences, people have gone on attack mode.  They refuse to acknowledge that each person has differing political beliefs, believing that something has to be amiss w/a person who has different political beliefs than they do.

      1. Jodah profile image89
        Jodahposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

        Very well said, GM. Thank you for offering your insights.

  2. MsDora profile image94
    MsDoraposted 3 weeks ago

    I respect Val's individuality, so like it or not, I have to think about this diagnosis of  needing someone to criticize. Is there any treatment?

    Thanks, Val, for your valuable insights. Thanks, John, for sharing the link.

    1. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      Many people are tribal.  They refuse to see things outside/beyond their particular parameters.   They are the type of people who believe that they & others like them are right while those who believe differently are designated as "the other" to be derided, even marginalized.

      1. Credence2 profile image76
        Credence2posted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

        Those attitudes and values are the foundation of the United States of America, today,  European societies allow civility to overcome primative and savage tendencies of tribalism somewhat better.

    2. Jodah profile image89
      Jodahposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      Thank you MsDora.

  3. Venkatachari M profile image84
    Venkatachari Mposted 3 weeks ago

    Wow, Valkaras! What a mind-blowing article. I enjoyed reading through your perceptions and expressions. I see my own mental state being portrayed within your observations. Thank you for coming up with this post.

    And, John, thanks for sharing the link to this excellent piece.

    1. Jodah profile image89
      Jodahposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      I am glad you found Val’s article mind-blowing, Venkatachari.

  4. ChitrangadaSharan profile image90
    ChitrangadaSharanposted 3 weeks ago

    Hello Val,
    An insightful read indeed. I agree with the title and your thoughts and reflections are relatable.
    No doubt, we can see around in our families, in the society, there are certain set standards and most of us try to fit in or expect others to fit in, which is not necessary. Each individual may be different and that should be respected/ accepted.
    Thank you John, for sharing this thought provoking article.

    1. Jodah profile image89
      Jodahposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts, Chitrangada.

  5. Vlado - Val Karas profile image71
    Vlado - Val Karasposted 3 weeks ago

    Humbly grateful for each and every response. Also, thank you, John, for sharing.

    1. Jodah profile image89
      Jodahposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      My pleasure, Val.

  6. Aliswell profile image61
    Aliswellposted 3 weeks ago

    Thank You for taking the interest, and the time to share my "Favorite"..now that Billybuc is gone...and most compatible interest provoking author on HP

    1. Jodah profile image89
      Jodahposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      You are welcome, Alan. Thanks for reading.

  7. MizBejabbers profile image87
    MizBejabbersposted 2 weeks ago

    Every now and then I get the idea that our friend Val has more common sense in his left little toe than the average person has in "their" brain. My second statement is that I learned a new word today, "normative". I hate to plead ignorance, but people who know me know that I've never liked psychology. I took psychology 101 in college to meet requirements to be able to graduate and hated every minute of it. But I thought the professor was cute. Since I was studying to be a writer, perhaps I should have paid more attention to psychology and philosophy, another subject that I thought was a waste of time.

    Anyway, thank you my ESL friend Val for teaching me a new English word. Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks, at least in my case.

    My thanks to friend John for providing the link to the article.

    1. Vlado - Val Karas profile image71
      Vlado - Val Karasposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      Doris dear -- "Being normative" has some other uses as well, but in psychology it means an attitude of setting "norms of normalcy" for others; like "argumentative" means a "readiness to always express opposite opinion".


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