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Liberty - Guilty By Association


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Anyone ever peg you to be something that you aren't just because you agree with some things?  Like people think I live in a bunker because I want less taxes and support the Tea Party movement.  Or people that think I'm a snob because I support the University of Michigan in football.  People think I'm a loser because I was born a Detroit Lions fan (some truth there).

It's all guilt by association. You know the government or your neighbor might you think you are a terrorist because you are buying cans of tuna fish and stocking up.  How dare you prepare for a rainy day without their consent. You automatically are suspicious if you do "certain" things.

Anyone ever associate you with a certain group because you watch certain television shows or listen to certain music?  Perhaps the clothes you wear?  You know you don't have to throw caution to the wind to be logical. You can still reason out decisions, and judgements without lumping everyone together. Right?

While it's true stereotypes may not just magically appear; it is a good idea to not assume or immediately be the judge and jury.  Instead think about it, reason it out, and provide some rationale to the people you are lumping in.

If I told you I have been to a Nascar race would you think of me a certain way?  Probably.  But you see, I don't care for Nascar.  The experience was a trip, fun people watching...but the sport (or whatever you call it) does nothing for me.  Love the first lap, after that turning left is just not my thing. Yet I am guilty of your "nascar fan image" most likely if I didn't provide the explanation. So I really don't talk about it.

The whole guilt by association to me is getting bigger and bigger, because the population is just to big for individualism.  The solution may be to have more countries or states. Break up the big ones, so individualism can rise up above.  Will it happen...doubt it. Could it? Sure.  Well it's easy enough to lump sum everything and everyone I suppose.



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