Rhetoric & Stereotypes: Rethinking How We Think.

Group Associated Stereotypes I think that most group stereotypes are negative but this is not always the case. They can often take a morsel of truth and point it out to simplify a few negative points from which to wrongly view the total picture. I remember a phrase which I do not know who the author is yet it says, “Things we do not understand we learn to fear, things we fear we learn to hate, and things we hate we seek to destroy”. I believe often stereotypes are used to invoke fear or dislike which can promulgate acts of discrimination. I found a quote on stereotypes that stated, “A ‘stereotype’ is a generalization about a person or group of persons. We develop stereotypes when we are unable or unwilling to obtain all of the information we would need to make fair judgments about people or situations. In the absence of the total picture, stereotypes in many cases allow us to fill in the blanks. Our society often innocently creates and perpetuates stereotypes, but these stereotypes often lead to unfair discrimination and persecution when the stereotype is unfavorable” (Grobman, 1990). I will address the following stereotypes of Politicians, the Religious Right, Tattooed Persons, and Feminists. I had some of my own Politicians stereotypes such as they were liars and did little good but to keep things the way it is. I know by reflection that this is not totally true. There are politicians that work for change. The following are some quotes I found on Politicians stereotypes. “Politicians never keep their promises” (Capitol Wire, Inc., 2003). The “politician-as-weathervane stereotype:...

The god claim is a clown car in the magic big top of Fideism!

The god claim is like a clown car rolling in from out of nowhere and it seems like it is only one or possibly a few bad ideas, but no. No, it is a dark festival that masquerades as truth but it is only an evil fun house of mirrors that distorts reality. The term god is an empty meaningless term and if it was not for manmade myths or wild speculations which are usually the misinterpretations of nature, no one would claim to know what a god is or could be. Unless one falls back to the circus of fallacies in the magic big top of fideism and the faith fallacy that you do not need anything but faith to validate, justify, or prove any mystical belief you so desire. By Damien Marie AtHope Presuppositional Apologetics is Just Fascist Fideism Stop Putting Faith in Faith Mr. Potato Head...

The real ME exposed

*I think I was 13 in this pic above* The measure of a person is not the absence of fear it is the mastering of it as it comes. I wish to show fortitude of character, trying to stand when many others sit down. I feel my life came from a hard seed of hate, but through an earnest willingness to change, I grew into a sturdy tree of love and integrity. Can I expose my “self” further to all of you? Do you want to see “ME.” And I am not talking like that, get your mind out of the gutter; your blocking my view.. lol I had grown up in a broken home or actually two homes both trying to push their tired follow the rules morals and brand of the Christian religion on me. My father from a Christian religious cult and my mom’s Christian church was pentecostal evangelical that danced in the isles flailing arms around in the air and doing chanting. All that to me was embracing and weird and seemed far removed from any idea of love and respect. BOTH parents like there faiths, said they believed in loved but more often just gave hate. All I heard was that I could not do what I wanted, they could keep God I wanted fun. Then in my late teens, I got sober and again tried on this god thing staying Christian until I was 36. Then in college, I was educated in science and religions and turned atheist. I choose to leave god and my parents other bullshit behind. Let’s get back to...

Bhagavad-gita looks down on atheists, well, I look down on the bhagavad-gita.

Bhagavad-gita, seems to look down on atheists (godless), well I am an atheist and I look down on the bhagavad-gita. lol   Bhagavad-gita, CHAPTER 16: The qualities of the godless (demonic/unenlightened) result from bondage. Life after life the foolish come, births from the godless, as they head for the worst destinations, three gates of hell: lust, anger and greed. The godless disorderly ones do not know how to begin or where to stop, they are unclean, do not know to behave and have no truth in them. They say that the universe does not really have a purpose, that it has no ruler, that it did not come into existence from god. Less intelligent, having lost themselves being complacent with this godless outlook, do the less favorable activities flourish and does their work lead to the unfortunate of destroying the planet. Confiding in lusts that are insatiable, in hypocrisy, arrogance and driven by false pride, one, led by illusion, takes to the non-permanent of material things and thrives in dedication to the...

Paganism?

People wrongly say “Paganism” like there is only one kind or only one meaning. I am not supporting Paganism as I am atheist and antireligious. I am just offering this inform to others so we know what we or others are talking about. Paganism is an umbrella term that encompasses a wide variety of religions, belief-sets and spiritual paths. The lack of a firm and agreed definition makes the question ‘What is paganism?’ a very difficult one to answer. Paganism is a broad group of religions including modern pagan religions, indigenous religions and historical polytheistic religions. In a wider sense, paganism has also been understood to include any non-Abrahamic, folk, ethnic religion or or European occultism. The term pagan is from Latin “Paganus” likely acquired its meaning in Christian speach via Roman military jargon. Early Christians adopted military motifs and saw themselves as “Milites Christi” (“soldiers of Christ”). Classical Latin pagus which originally meant “region delimited by markers”, paganus had also come to mean “of or relating to the countryside”, “country dweller”, “villager”; by extension, “rustic”, “unlearned”, “yokel”, “bumpkin”; in Roman military jargon, “non-combatant”, “civilian”, “unskilled soldier”. It is related to pangere (“to fix”, “to fasten”) and ultimately comes from Proto-Indo-European *pag- (“to fix”). The adoption of paganus by the Latin Christians as an all-embracing, pejorative term for polytheists but was relatively a word of Latin slang originally some what devoid of religious meaning. The evolution occurred only in the Latin west, and in connection with the Latin church. Elsewhere, “Hellene” or “gentile” (ethnikos) remained the word for “pagan”; and paganos continued as a purely secular term, with overtones...