Stereotypic Idealism

Stereotypic Idealism because it’s a weird thought that 3/4 of people have created in their minds and use it to judge people based on the various aspects of their life, most of which they did not choose to be in.

Stereotypes are generalizations, or assumptions, that people make about the characteristics of all members of a group, based on an image (often wrong) about what people in that group are like.

Ever been in a situation where you have been stereotyped. What happened to “Every Person is Unique?” The stereotyping could be based on tribe, gender, nationality, education, preferences, lifestyle, status, religion and so on.

I won’t point out fingers because I am also a culprit in stereotyping, although I post it out as a joke not seriously. But there are people who are actually serious about it. Whereby you assume that because one person from a particular group is like this, then the rest of the people from that group must also be the same.

Maybe I should go too each category:

Tribe: – Ever heard people being stereotyped according to their tribe, whereby if you are:

Meru/Kisii : You must have very bad tempers, in that you can even slaughter someone…lol

Kikuyu : You are a thief i.e love money and anything of monetary value

Coastal Region: You must be lazy, chini ya mnazi vybes.

Luo : You are very proud and a show off

Gender:- I’ve been brought up knowing there are two genders, male and female. So they say:

Found this hilarious, I bet it’s a man who drew up this. “a form of stereotyping” to assume this is what all women think about.

There’s also where a man would say “All girls are bitches” and where a woman would say “All men are dogs” because they have dated one who totally frustrated them and so they classify every person based on that first person they dated.

Nationality :- could also be called race, whereby:

Ever heard of the statement “Just coz am black”, i.e You are treating me like this because of my color. People have associated different races with different things.For example

If you are black you are probably gangster, if you have blonde hair you’re blonde i.e dumb hence the #blondemoments, This picture made me laugh.

I think like that sometimes, am sure there are so many people I have told they don’t look like “what they actually are” because I have already created a mental picture of how those people should be.

Preference, Lifestyle, Status :- whereby people define you by where you live, the places you visit, the profession you are in. For instance people would say:

Those who live in Eastland’s (not the suburbs) are ‘Ghetto’ that is hardcore while those who live in the leafy green suburbs are ‘Barbie’s’ that more like little spoilt brats.

That lawyers and media guys are cheats, accountants and auditors are mean, IT people are show offs, Sales and Marketing guys over exaggerate…lol

That if you buy clothes at Mr.Price/4U2/Identity or similar outlets you are barbie or a show off but if you buy from Toi market (which is sort of a flea market) then you are ghetto and down to earth … ai!

Anyway, if you’ve ever been a victim of stereotyping, which am sure most of us have been in one way or another. How do you feel when someone judges you based on someone elses actions or way of life?

On my part, I can say sometimes it’s frustrating when someone puts a tag on you without first of all hanging around you to actually prove that what they are saying or generalizing is actually true.

If people did less of stereotyping and first got to know the people individually, I think the world would be a better place. I can assure you there are so many people who would avoid some other people because they’ve heard something about “their tribe”, “their nationality”, “their profession” and so on. Not knowing that there is so much about that particular person they are missing on.

Say, how we all associate any person with a Taliban, or who is of arabic origin with Terrorism, okay I don’t know anyone who does Taliban but just because Osama bombed America, it doesn’t mean every other person from Middle East should be stereotyped as a Terrorist Get my drift , there are very good arabs out there with a good  heart.

Or because someone dated someone who was a gold digger or a cheat once, he/she shouldn’t assume that every other person is the same, by clouding your thoughts with such idealisms makes you actually miss out on the goodness and uniqueness of that person you are with.

Got this quote somewhere and I thought, it actually made sense:

Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, people must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful. ~ Margaret Mead

In that group of people who you have decided to stereotype, keep in mind that they are those who are actually the complete opposite of what you have thought then out to be. I am a firm believer that God created every person  a unique being. He’s ingenious, so am so sure, he knew people were going to compare people with others and try to classify them in other words stereotype…lol

You can group animals with same behaviors and expect them to all behave the same, perfect example being the wild beasts migrating from the Serengeti to Maasai-mara, they never change, year in year out they cross that river and are swallowed by crocodiles and they still do that over and over.

But with humans I don’t think so as much as we do an analysis and say this people are like this and others are like that everyone is unique and different and will handle a situation in a different way  at different times based on their personality #ithink

Every person is unique in that they have something within them that no one else has. Each of us has a piece of the puzzle and we need each other to fulfill life’s purpose.

Out of the blues question! #BulbLight!

Ever wondered why people work in teams? The essence behind “Team Work”

Signing Off — *Kawi*

3 thoughts on “Stereotypic Idealism

  1. I absolutely love this post Kawi! Never understood why people stereotype! I most of the time try as much as possible not to sterotype and pigeon-hole people into boxes. Especially being around persons deemed to be ‘outcasts’ or very different, you learn a lot. And whe you hear people stereotyping them you get angry or laugh simply because YOU know the real truth.

    Thanks for this. Am distributing it! 😀

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