the'Hawk, on Apr 24 2004, 04:45 PM, said:
Note that all of the preceding was part of a long continuation of your hypothetical point, and I'm not offended at all, nor do I seek to offend anyone by continuing the point-- if I did, I apologize.
Going back to my hypothetical - what generalization did I offer? If I believe that the educational system is training our children to be corporate cogs, that's my opinion. That says something about my opinion of what education should and should not be about. And if you are a part of that selfsame educational system, obviously I'm stating that you are a part of a system that ought not to be in existence. That STILL doesn't say anything at all about my feelings for you individually.
Let's look at another aspect of things. There are lots of people on this board who are religious, and lots of people who are not. There are people who fundamentally do not respect organized religions, or more specifically certain ones. Let's take, for instance, Baha'i Faith, since that's my faith. There are Christians who feel, fundamentally, that my faith is wrong. Being Christian (to many) means inherently, that you believe that everything that is NOT Christian is false. Do you mean to say that because Baha'i Faith is a part of who I am, and what I've embraced for my life, etc., etc., etc., that I must now believe that every Christian that has such a doctrine does not respect me? No. There may be some who don't. But there are some others who recognize very clearly, the distinction between me, and my faith. Notwithstanding, I would be very happy to tell them that at least some of who they see me as is because of my faith. And that if they are respecting me, they ought to respect what helps me BE me. Their failure, however, to make that connection does not lessen their respect for me. It just means that they can't see it that way, because of their own beliefs.
Likewise, having a disrespect for a profession does not necessarily equate to a disrespect for a person practicing that profession, nor does making negative statements about the profession equate to a generalization about the people practicing it.
And no - you've caused me no offense!