Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Dumb pride and prejudice

Had a good conversation with a friend about prejudices today. The topic definitely is surfacing due to Dr. James Dobson's claim that the democrats are attacking people of faith when it comes to Bush's judicial nominees. (Pay no mind that number-wise, the number of nominees that have been approved under Bush's wing is about the same as the number of judicial nominees approved when Clinton was in office.) I tend to be prejudice as well - when I meet with a supporter of Focus on the Family, I will have a prejudice that this person is going to be a closed-mined, Bible-beating hypocrite - but it's important to be keep your prejudices in a critical realm. Still, I have to admit - it was fun running off a list of my prejudices.

Here's a short list of people who I'm prejudice against:

Nerds (not geeks, we'll get into that difference in another Blog)
Critics that already have an album review written before an album comes out (e.g. - put a '90s has been label on any artist who came of age in the '90s (so far, I've seen this applied to Beck, Garbage AND NIN).
Drama queens who can't spin their self-pity into an engaging story
Carb-phobic people
People who constantly talk about their 'core' (thank pilates for this)
SUV drivers
Hummer drivers (one of the only groups I freely discriminate against)
Pavement fans with no sense of humor
Hipsters who use the word 'hipster' at least five times a day
Moral value Republicans
Promise Keepers
Anyone who doesn't have one Bob Dylan CD in their collection
Gay men over 25 who use 'boi' in their screen name
People who take sections of the New York Times that you paid for from your couch at a coffee house and get offended when you refuse to let go of it.
People who don't critically discriminate

See?! It's fun to rally off a list. I invite anyone who wants to list their prejudices to post as well. Just so we have the understanding that these are prejudices. Deep down, we as civilized people need to give each person the benefit of the doubt. However, be honest, how many times have you formed a prejudice in your mind about a driver ahead of you - you think "this jerk's going to cut me off, I just know it" - and that person does exactly what you predicted?

Oh, and a real quick thanks to Aimee Mann, Nine Inch Nails and The Eels for emptying my wallet this week. Would have rocked to get these releases spaced out a bit.

Listening selections for the day..
Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth
Aimee Mann - The Forgotten Arm
Bruce Springsteen - Devils and Dust
Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
Wilco - Summerteeth


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