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Response to freshwest (Reply #47)

Tue May 22, 2012, 04:47 PM

48. What you said is a different version ofwhat I'm thinking. We lose waaaay too much humanity to these

over-simplified categories that we impose, often by force of one type or another, on others. What we lose matters, even when we are "right". And even if there is a more or less immediate solution anyway, what is lost to oversimplification can very very likely affect the future.

I'm not very good at jokes. What I said earlier was a complicated way of describing what a person might do to actually get to know someone/anyone else, or an idea, or a place, or anything. Parroting oversimplified labels, acquired from here or there, for stuff is not understanding; that takes experience and the willingness to question and one of the salient traits of experience of a person/place/thing/idea or event is how it is similar:different to/from any other person/place/thing/idea or event. Those are useful questions that help us to take a solid stand when we need to against the likes of Norquist. But mostly it seems people only process differences or differences matter waaaaaaaaay more than similarities, or anything else, so their critical rhetoric looses something powerful, i.e. the similarities.

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