All my enemies started out friends
Hey all, Yoshizilla315 here, and I'd like to have a serious political discussion on something that has been on my mind for a long time. Despite being 14, I have a lot of opinions, and I'll come out and say most of my views can be considered leftist, but I do believe I share some opinions with the right as well. One thing I notice in this society is that we like to generalize things, whether it be socially or economically (although more so socially). A more familiar term to describe this phenomenon would be stereotypes. You mostly here that word when talking about ethnicity and race, but it can also be involved in the whole left vs right debate as well. A lot of people think that anyone from the right is completely anti-gay marriage, but I know that is certainly not true. It can even be said in reverse, that the left is completely pro gay marriage.
I think that the left and the right are complete garbage terms, and probably literally applies to no one. Everyone has views that can be considered "leftist" views, and some that can be considered "right wing" views. To me, it makes no sense why we try to box people in this sort of way, when what the world needs is the complete opposite. Unity is key if we want to get through the political crisis in our current time. The reason I linked the above video is because it sort of captures what some people treat the whole "left vs. right" thing is, as well as the overall generalization. Dave Brat constantly refers back to the Nancy Pelosi liberal agenda. Why? Simply because both Spanberger and Pelosi are "on the left" and are both Democrats. In the end, Spanberger ends up probably winning the debate because she calls him out on that bullshit, but it really just makes you wonder.
So, really my question is: Why do we generalize as a society so much? What makes us want to box people in to a certain quota, when we all have different political views at our core?