Stereotypes

Standard

     Lets start with the fact that the atempt at a discussion on the nature and creation of light was a failure.  Maybe I will talk more about the Genesis creation accounts after school ends and people are looking for something to do with their minds. 


    A streotype is “a conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.” (American Heritage Dictionary).  Streotypes can have there uses but for the most part they lead to misunderstanding, frustration and oversimplification of the human person.  All people stereotype, its in our nature and it is something we do alot. 


     Streotypes are conventional.  Much of society uses them for various purposes.  Stereotypes can help society because it is able to enhance our vocabulary.  For example if someone is a conformist we can agree (streotype) that most of them would favor the majority opinion. In reality this is not universally true but it can help us describe them.  It can also be used to hurt people.  Bad streotype example: Football players are stupid, cultureless, unartistic…  I know people who are football players who have academic interests, are invovled in music and are interested in things outside of “their” small world.  So clearly on an individual basis this sterotype does not do justice to that indididual.  To steretype him in that manner does not give justice to his personhood.


     Sterotypes are formulaic.  Streotypes don’t give exceptions.  This or that but not inbetween.  Stretypes tend to get people to polerize their prejudices instead of creating a spectrem that can actally fit someone is unique as a human person.  The problem is that people can get into thinking about individuals in this polerized format.  Right or left, liberal or conervative, demacrat or republican, conformist, weird, anarchist, facist, religious, infdel, spritual, animalistic, angelic and the list goes on.  In these instances stereotypes tend to bring division and hurt more then help and understanding.  More simpy humans (we) are more complex then these ideas.  I might be an evangelical Christian who struggles with homosexuality.  I might be favor amensty in immigration policies but oppose abortion.  I might respect and even celebrate ethnic diversity but not beat the drum to multiculturalisim.  So does it seem like I contradict myself?  It depends on how you look at it.  If you look at it with steretypes it clearly seems like I can’t exist I cancel myself out.  I don’t fit all those streotypes.  However, if you look at me as a person, prejudcies aside, you might be able to see the humanity in all of it.  None of us are perfect.  No one is perfect.  Everyone streotypes every now and then but I feel it is wise to look at people as people as souls and bodies full of different backrounds, expriances and ways of self-expression. 


    Stereotypes are an oversimplified conception, opinion or image. In writing this I hope people can look at me in this way.  What I write here is a concept.  You can sterotype that but to streotype the person behind it over simplifies that person.  Even what I write reflects some of this complexity it is not always right to just simply stereotype it but take it as it is worth or leave it.  Notice how I just contradicted myself in this paragraph alone.  Do those two ideas make sense in context?  Can you see my pattern of thought as I wrote them? 


Peace to all.








You Are 20% Cynical

Cynical? Not even close! If anything, you’re a bit naive.
Overall, you enjoy life and try not to be paranoid. Even if you’ve been burned before.







Caffe Vanilla Frappuccino

Smooth and sweet, you fit in to almost any crowd. No one would suspect you of being a coffee tweaker!

About minuiperiannath

Name: Spencer Wentland College: North Central University Year: Senior Major:Intercultural Studies My story of meeting Jesus in short: Not many weeks after I was born my parents baptized me into the Christian faith at First English Lutheran Church in my hometown, Appleton, WI. There they renewed their promises to renounce the devil and his ways, the world and evil and raise me the same way teaching me to love and fear the Lord, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Creeds and when of reading age to put the Holy Bible in my hands and all the while, with the church community, instruct me in the Christian faith. My parents weren't perfect but they did fulfill the vows they made at my baptism. I had my own more personal experience with the Lord around the age of seven when I followed Jesus out of the Gospels to a "quiet, lonely place" in my backyard with the hope to do whatever Jesus did there. Without realizing it or ever being taught how to "receive Jesus into your heart" it happened quite like that even seeing a mental vision of Jesus and knowing I need to welcome him into my heart and let him sit on the throne of my life. I've never been the same since then and the Lord has kept his promise to be with me "always." I confirmed what my parents chose for me in a public confession of faith and the ritual of believer's baptism at a local swimming school where the Assemblies of God church my mom attends used to do their baptisms. I've never regretted a life with Jesus; life has always been richer, deeper and fuller because of it. About Me: Ha that's a funny question, and a popular one today. Well, if you really want to know "all about me" you will have to meet me. For starters I am hard to put in simple categories and often find myself tumbling between labels; i.e. introverted and extroverted, strong and weak, intuitive yet a rationalist, introspective and social, unique and individual yet needing people and empathetic. I belong to and am part of the Way and that is probably the most defining important part of my being. (Acts 24:14) As a God lover in the Way of Jesus Christ I long to see and embrace all things and people in his love for his glory. Creative people and places energize me. I enjoy and appreciate art and artists and like to contribute and collaborate in making my own art at times. I need my own time and spend a lot of time in contemplation- this is where I get recharged and new vision and vitality for life. A con of my personality is my ill attempts to understand everything about everything. At the same time I also get energy from others and love to be sociable. I make matrix like connections in my mind and although my comments often are perceived as random too me they are very connected to something. To me connection and harmony are very important and I believe the truth brings that out. The last few years have been filled with learning, studying and meeting wonderful people. Copenhagen, Escanaba, Nagasaki, and now back to Minneapolis! So excited to learn, grow and finish my last year at university! Call: I feel strongly called by the Lord to work and give myself as missionary of love to the Japanese people. As the Lord leads I hope to take a missionary assignment through ELCA Global Mission teaching English and serving in congregational mission and leadership in Japan. Eventually I would like to serve as an apostolic worker planting boiler rooms (missional/monastic communities) around the Japanese archipelago with a bunch of other Jesus lovers in international, incarnational bands of friends. About this blog: This blog is for my Church Administration and Personal Finance class. I'm looking forward to interesting and practical conversation and learning that will help develop my leadership and organizational skills for however and whatever takes shape out of the Lord's call.

3 responses »

  1. what you say is true, though stereotypes are part of human nature and will always be in existence, they are only “bad” and cause problems if we condemn the people who choose to oppose them.
    i’m currently writing a psychology research paper on gender stereotypes and roles. i would really love to have an expansive discussion with you about stereotyping. =)
    -alysa-

  2. Spencer.  We went to Kimberly High School together.  We prayed in the mornings together.  You would know me if you saw me.  Marty Christensen.  Little sister joanna, little brother john. (both of which are still at k-town). 

  3. i agree w/ you on light during the school year. durring summer’s better cuz we’re all bored out of our skulls and need something to think about! lol. i also agree w/ you on stereotypes. they can be useful tools, such as during criminal investigations, we can stereotype the 2 year old child as being too ignorant and week to have killed his father, but the muslim extreemist who was arguing constantly the week b4 can be highly suspect, even though there is no actual evidence to suport it.
    I also agree that stereotypes can be extreemly degrading, such as being told that you dress like one group, and therefore are trying to fit in w/ them and are like them. I HATE IT WHEN PEOPLE DO THAT!!!! people should understand what you explained, that oversimplification leads to complication when more complex aspects of our humanity emerge that were previously overlooked.
    Geek=(Blake M. Runnoe)=Geek
    P.S. Do you like my new sig?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s