For example whenever an atheist like me does something wrong it somehow manages to reflect on atheists as a whole, not just me as a person. Whenever a catholic does something wrong it's a similar event (like the priest scandals). Whenever it's a Muslim (do I need an example here?) same thing. I know I've been guilty of it to an extent with Catholics (though as an atheist their most annoying members actively clash with me whenever they get a chance) but do you feel like you do it too? And if so do you ever feel guilty for doing it?
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there is more truth in your comments than most people would care to admit.
Fascinating, because the older I become, the more I tend to judge stereotypically. I just don't have the time to explore negations to an intuitive sense buildt upon years of observation. I know in 10 minutes whether I'll click with a person or not.
Exactly what I thought as I read the question. One other observation: Stereotypes tend to be based on the worst of a group and again there is a survival advantage in this.
It may be good practice to give some safe space for them to prove you wrong
You changed the question answer to "false stereotypes". Psychologists often go over board and say "over" generalizations of people. There seems to be a need to denigrate the word meaning in order to address bigotry and prejudice. It is not.
I didn't change anything, just pointed out that stereotyping of beliefs is most often false stereotypes used to denigrate.Conservatives are stereotyped to be racists and homophobes, muslims stereotyped to be terrorists, atheists are anarchists etc.
I suppose the best way is to not care what others think of us. If we are comfortable with our own beliefs then those of others should be of little concern to us. Of course it is always hard to ignore when people judge us with negative vehemence
You are so right and I struggle with wanting acceptance. What is the famous saying "Don't judge a book by its cover"? I don't want anyone deciding who I am within the first 5 seconds of meeting me or because I "thumb up" a Christians or Atheist's hub
The area of Florida where i live is unique unto itself. When you first meet anyone here their first question to you is: "are you a Christian?''. Now tell me THAT is not bizarre. Questions like that do not deserve an answer.
Wow, nothing like cutting to the chase huh? I have converstaions with people all of the time and the topic of religion never comes up. Sure, maybe I "assume" they are one thing or another, but it seems almost unecessary unless the convo calls for it
way to stereotype atheists in a post about the problems with stereotyping. Maybe you haven't met the right atheists.
Christin, there IS a "median type", as I defined my summary of my personal experience. If anyone else cares to take a non-biased observer position, and share their observations- as I have- you are welcome.
Steel Engineer - in my own personal experience and research, there is no median type. What we see in people is a result of our interaction with them. And there is no way we can meet a statistically significant sample of populations in the 100-million
I've never met two identical Christians, and I've never met two identical atheists, either. As I see it, each person is a unique gift to the world.
Your words say a lot,seeing that 90%of the world that say they are Christians are not Christians. The first of the 7 seals is about the re-establishment of the Church. According to the new testament covenant.
And not symbols and rituals.
I agree, but doesn't this read like a stereotype of the person who stereotypes? It reminds me of Tom Lehrer's lyrics about prejudiced people, they hate other people and I hate people like that! :)
I get the irony, and your point, SidKemp. But the "don't lower yourself" admonishment always rang weak and inapt to me. Pushing back at a hater isn't wrong. I *cheer* for the guy who finally says "enough!" and gives the bully his medicine. :)
I admire your approach, Stan, though mine is different.