A useful Formula for Positive Stereotyping

The commonly propoosed idea, as set forth with such subtle or aggressive suggestion by the liberal establishment and their misguided and thus misguiding Useful Idiots, is a good one, i.e., that "we should avoid using stereotypes to determine someone's acceptability"; but that idea is useful only when one also "keeps a guard up" in a conservative manner, until sure of the other. Let me compare a situation few people have encountered (whereas I have!).


Try this idea, for understanding what to do in certain circumstances, whether racially-based or simply common-sense-based. It involves "stereotypes," where the facts plainly proved themselves true in the past, and thus more than likely are true in the present:

You are swimming in the ocean. Suddenly, you see a shark nearby, and it is heading straight towards you! What do you do?

A) Judge the shark on the "stereotype," that many sharks attack and kill people; and so you should get out of the water, and quickly. Or,

B) Apply a 'socio-political correctness,' and judge the shark as an individual, because, after all, it is wrong to judge all sharks simply on the basis that many sharks attack and kill people. Perhaps this shark is one of those who do not fit the stereotype given to most sharks, and this one will not attack and kill you.

If choosing "B)," don't be a shark-a-phobe; you should stay in the water, disregard your natural fears, and accept the shark on friendly terms. Perhaps you could swim towards the shark, and smile, and extend a hand of welcome.

Which of the two choices is the most intelligent choice?
Which one will assure the safety of your life, or those with you?

Stereotypes, when applied to sharks or human beings, are usually based on consistently true Fact & Conduct, not on unfounded bias, prejudice and ignorance. Stereotypes are only occasionally distorted out of its true intent by those who would have someone else turn away from such logical conclusions such as “Do Not Swim With Sharks.”

Don't be afraid to use stereotypes as a protective device until you are sure of the circumstances, especially if the 'reliable' facts and the consistent, 'historical' conduct of those among whom you find yourself, plainly prove themselves true. It could save your life, or the life of someone you love.