January 17, 2008

Because I'm From Chicago

How much does your geography, location, and circle of relationships shape your identity? The more you are surrounded by homogeny, the less likely you are to be able to see the validity in an alternative opinion.

But, if someone from a certain political persuasion moves across the country and has to make all new friends, most of whom have the opposite political identity, they may be forced for the first time to really understand the logic behind the other side.

So, the question is, are you what you are because it really makes the most sense to you? Or are you what you are because you haven't put yourself in a place to hear a reasonable alternative yet?

No matter what you are, hopefully this place helps a little.


Cheesehead Runner said...

I have different political views than over half my family and my bf. If you believe in something strongly enough, it's possible to have your own opinion and just respect others feelings/thoughts

Eric Olsen said...

there will obviously be exceptions.

But, perhaps your family isn't the geographical circle I'm referring to. For instance, if we had a 4-party system in this country, the 4 immediate members of my family would all fall into different ones.

But, for me, my family was not really a part of my geography or circle when I started investigating things of this nature.

And once people find a circle that makes sense to them, there's often no real strong desire to hear a second opinion.

Stacy Peterson said...

I agree. Understanding others gives us a much better understanding of ourselves.

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