yesterday as we drove to park our car before work, tbV and i saw some traffic cops putting a white piece of paper on a parked car…

immediately we jumped to the conclusion that it was a parking ticket and went to that place you go to when you see a cop sticking a ticket on a car [even when it’s not yours] – Urgh, shtupidt cop! or some rendition of that…

as we drove closer, we realised that the cops were putting the papers on every single car that was parked in the area we normally park our cars [and it did seem a little early to be fining people in 2 to 4 hour parking zones]

and as we walked up, having parked the car, we realised that what they had been sticking on to cars was in fact warning notices that read ‘Keeping Windows in Your Car’ [so yes, they could still use our literary help] and a whole list on the back of Prevention ideas and then contact details for Reporting incidents that happen.

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quick lesson in stereotyping and prejudice…

and generally the reason for stereotyping and generalising is that there has been something modelled that leads you to that place…

but the problem with generalising and stereotyping is that there are always exceptions and times where you will get it completely wrong

[and times when it will be good for all personkind for you to let go of the stereotype and generalisation altogether forever]

so i tend to lean towards an INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY mentality [although clearly don’t always get that right]

which looks to say: I will expect the best from you until such time as you give me reason not to

this sometimes means we have to fight against the stereotypes that have been passed on to us from family or culture or even country…

i imagine a lot of the time this relates to race… [which we have been talking about over here]

religion must be another one – all muslims are… all atheists are… certainly all christians are…’

and so on… is this an area you need to work on? 

 

 

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