Stereotypes

On a more personal note this time… It occurs to me that by venting my political frustrations at the same time I’m inviting people to listen to my musical compositions, I may be working at cross purposes. Read my posts including cartoons, and you’ll quickly realize that I’m a conservative. Knowing that, how many visitors say to themselves, “What kind of music could a conservative write?”
On the other hand, if one listened to the music first, he/she might conclude that the politics must be liberal. You know, “artsy fartsy” and all that stuff.

Oops, I think I may have just veered into the land of stereotype. In the land of stereotype, liberals believe that conservatives are all “barbarians” who want to cut off funding for the arts and let them sink or swim like all other commercial enterprises. On the other hand, conservatives in stereotype land believe liberals want to use art to undermine the moral underpinnings of our country.

But of course that’s in the land of stereotype. In the real world, not all conservatives are alike, nor are all liberals. I think we need to remind ourselves from time to time that labels of any sort are limiting. A “criminal” can also be a “father,” “husband,” “brother,” “churchgoer,” “scholar,” etc. A “genius” could also be a “wife-beater,” “deadbeat,” “racist,” “bully,” etc.

There are conservatives in Hollywood and liberals on Wall Street. We are all many things beyond our political beliefs.


At least that’s how it looks from here.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by cass131 on October 27, 2009 at 3:06 am

    Amen. I consider myself anti-stereotype, however, I do believe stereotyping is human nature to an extent.

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