BTW, that is a rhetorical question, you need not answer.
I have seen and read so many posts as of late regarding this and related subjects. Many have to do with not being tolerant of someone different from yourself and what to do, if anything when it is very "in your face". I have been known (oh surely not) to take my old soap box down from the shelf in the corner of the garage and rant or rave (but that has a whole new meaning, partee) or preach (and I did that for real's a time or two) or just gripe (some would say that is a daily thing but he's not home right now so no biggie).
Sweet Man and I recently had a conversation (yes after 38 years we still have those every once in awhile) about our own personal dictionary meanings of prejudice and intolerance. As we talked about the differences in our positions...we realized that we were saying the same thing but with different background information. I think that is what most humans do. Draw from what we know and go from there. Therein lies most of the problems we face. If you have a different point of view, you will come away with a different conclusion. If you are standing at the top of the hill the world looks way different than if you are at the bottom looking up. Knowledge can level definitions and allow individuals to see the others perspective but fear keeps most locked in where they are forever. So educate yourself and be free from fear that has been put upon you by past incidents, hurt feelings, misinformation, miscommunication, misdeeds, miscellaneous.
In keeping with my being authentic here at YOCG, I will tell you that I try to be tolerant of any and all. I am however a prejudiced person in some areas.
This is confined to a specific geographic location and is not meant as a joke or a cut. I cannont stand people in Walmart. It matters not what color their skin, language they speak, how they are clothed...I truly believe that everyone who walks in the door at Walmart to do shopping for whatever checks their human kindness at the front door and drops their brain in the trash can outside. Okay there I have said it. I just outted myself.
I don't know, maybe it's just me. But I am finding that there are very few patient, kind, polite, smiling, have a nice word to say persons of whatever nationality, religious bent, political persuasion or life style to be found. And I honestly try to be all of those things because I have a fear that if I do not behave appropriately that:
1. I will pay for it karmically
2. I will be a bad roll model for my grands
3. I would like to be remembered as a weird, kind, funny, strange old broad, but have no one mention the word rude.
4. My Momma would come out of her grave and bitch slap me.
I can hear her now....Don't you be ugly Linda Sybil...yada, yada, yada.
Outside of Walmart, I have seen the same people actually looking and acting like humans, but are they really? But that is a paronoid post for yet another crazy day.
I have recently become very fond of donkeys because of some really fun, cool bloggers who have these gentle wonderful beasts. So before (pre donkey fondness) I would have called these people Jackasses but that term is too good for anyone in Walmart....I must find a new term that fits and I think I have.......my daughter's favorite name to call folks is (_*_) monkey, so I will borrow it and say I am sorry but I have no tolerance for anyone at Walmart and pre judge the outcome of a visit to said retail hell every time. I realize the answer is not to shop at Walmart and that has already become my reality. See I educated myself and moved on to more intellegent ground.
If I have offended you, please accept my apology and try to understand, you have not walked in my shoes have ya?