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I could never understand assumptions. I know, or have an idea about, why people make assumptions about everyone they meet. It’s an instinct. They want to categorize everything into neat little boxes.

We have middling brains, for a middling life and middling intellect for a middling understanding of the world around us. Hence the need to group everything into ever larger conglomerations so it is easier for us to understand them.

In most cases it works well. “Stone – hard- hurts when thrown” subdivided into chalk to granite gives us an idea ready made, rather than having to start the process afresh for every piece of mineral we come across. This is, of course, just one example. There are numerous, and we could group them as well.

But does it really work when applied to humans? To people? We classify humans in so many ways, by race, by colour. by gender, by region of origin, by nationality, by religion, by age, the list goes on and on. Italians “tolk” funny. Canadians always say, “eh?”, Punjabis end each word in a hard consonant(“WaaTERa”), Tamils have that accent (“Yum Yay” for MA), Muslims are all bloodthirsty, Chinese are inscrutable and dodgy, Jamaicans have rasta locks….

It goes on to smaller and smaller groupings, but why bore everyone with endless examples? What I want to ask is, Is it really true? Are we all minor variations from some limited set of type specimens? Aren’t we more complex, more faceted, more variable, just more? If we aren’t even “we” at various points in our lives, how can anyone presume to put us in one specific basket based on nothing more than the accident of birth, name, geography, colour..?

I never presumed to assume so. And as I’ve said before, I was foolish enough to think that the world thinks as I do. But y’all (I do love it, so there!) have helped me grow out of that illusion as well. And no, I am not talking about the wonderful people I’ve met here, on WordPress. I’m grateful you are alive, and in my life. There are times when I can only look to you for help, succor, a straw…and you’ve never disappointed me.

But do any of you also believe in stereotypes? Do you bunch up people into cozy little brackets to make it easier to deal with them all?

And do you believe that we should then call them “monotypes” because even stereotype implies two dimensions? I look forward to your answers.


About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


19 thoughts on “Monotypes

  1. Our own experience also plays a big part of it. It take maturity to be open minded. Your insights remind me the post I did based on Maya Angelou’s story:

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    Posted by Amy | 10/06/2015, 8:50 PM
  2. I still am in my little neat box here, because I โ€œtolkโ€ funny ๐Ÿ˜›

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    Posted by HeavyCloud | 09/06/2015, 9:48 PM
  3. We say that we should not but unknowingly we do.
    “Hey! Do you see that guy? Looks Punjabi”
    “How can you say?”
    “His laugh dude!”

    Is it judging, categorizing, stereotyping, I dunno!


    Posted by Kritika Vashist | 09/06/2015, 9:38 PM
  4. Awww :p
    But yeah before WP i guess I was delusional and see we all evolve ๐Ÿ™‚ and its a good thing!

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    Posted by izza ifzaal | 09/06/2015, 8:57 PM
  5. Cognitive limitations and /or cognitive inertia . Schemas work well na!!! May be that’s why classifications make life easy . Am not condoning stereotypes but yeah the pigeon hole people perspective is a short cut I guess I am guilty of adhering to .

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    Posted by priyankamoraes | 09/06/2015, 8:49 PM
    • I think we all are, to a greater or lesser extent, isn’t it? What was your immediate thought on finding out that I was from the uber aggressive north of India for example? ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Posted by hbhatnagar | 09/06/2015, 9:02 PM
      • Lol . I won’t go there ! Reading your posts however I knew you were mensa! !! That’s a category you shouldn’t mind being fitted into !
        Ok to let you in on a secret I thought you’d be a pot bellied middle aged north Indian mouthing cuss words for punctuation marks !!! I was so ooooooo wrong !!!! Remember the farewell picture ????

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        Posted by priyankamoraes | 09/06/2015, 9:20 PM
      • Pot bellied? Egad!
        Middle aged? Well I am on the wrong side of 35
        Cuss words? I’ve been known to use them on occasion
        So not ALL wrong… ๐Ÿ˜€

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        Posted by hbhatnagar | 09/06/2015, 9:34 PM
  6. Even though we do think, we don’t judge and all, we end up judging even without our knowledge! That is what I feel

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    Posted by trablogger | 09/06/2015, 8:24 PM

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