The trouble with…generalising

Venturing into Cesar Millan’s website is like venturing into my backyard: sooner rather than later you’re going to come across a huge pile of poo. To prove my point here is a particularly smelly article titled “What Does Your Dog Breed Say About You?”

One of the biggest problems in the world is the tendency to make generalisations about others based on certain characteristics: eg. the trouble with fat/skinny people, gay/straight/bi people, christian/jewish/muslim/hindu/sikh/buddhist people, black/white/brown/yellow people is……… followed by a sweeping statement based on…well, nothing. It makes us feel superior to others, a comforting thought to keep us warm at night – things aren’t great but at least I’m better than…

It only serves to divide us, set us against one another when we should be joining together and making it a better world. An individuals race, creed, colour, breed or body mass index are not what should be taken into account, but their belonging to the great family that populates this lonely rock spinning through space should. Don’t look at others as different, embrace them for being the same as you: thinking, feeling, fearing, enjoying, loving. I can’t remember who said it but someone once wrote something along the lines of: “Every face is beautiful because every face is the image of the creator.” I apologise if I slightly misquoted there but you get the gist.

By the way, I’m not blaming all the ills of the world on the dog botherer, I’m sure he’s a very nice skin; I was just making a generalisation about skins who make generalisations….oops!










The philosopher Bones 

15 responses to “The trouble with…generalising

  1. Wow, they even had my breed in there – Mutts. This is a great post Bones. I like the way you look at people. Everyone is unique and everyone is valuable.

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