My Favorite Inspiring Quotes
Commentary by Peter Shepherd
Stereotypes are lazy thought; we don't need to listen or observe as we feel we know already. Except we don't - we just have a head full of prejudices.
Best to recognize them for what they are. As W.C. Fields said, "It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to."
More than that, they are individuals, each unique.
"Let us strive to maintain a community that understands diversity as a gift, sees anomalies as precious, and treats all basic principles with a hefty dose of skepticism,” says Gayle Rubin
We so easily create stereotypes based on convenient labels - we even do that to our friends, even though each is so much more than their label...
Here’s some further reading on this theme...
Fully functioning, mature adults allow for all possible variations of self-actualization and integration. This is something to strive for as we expand our capacity for intimacy through intuition. At the same time, it is also necessary to be aware of our own personal boundaries and the limitations of our tolerance. Only then can we move toward acceptance of those who are different from us and eventually recognize that we are all part of the same whole of humanity. Continues...