Twofish's Blog

April 11, 2008

We or me

Filed under: china — twofish @ 3:49 am

One thing that I find interesting is that how you can turn someone from being faceless to being human through details.  For example, if you know that I think of myself as “pro-China” then I’m one of “them” or one of “us” depending on your politics.  But lets add a few facts.  I’m a Buddhist that was raised in the American South as a Southern Baptist.  The narrows the field down.  Because I’m a Buddhist, I am a vegetarian but I used to eat lots of beef brisket.  I drink a lot of Lemon-flavored diet Snapple tea and I have a Samsung Blackjack cell phone with a broken power adapter plug which is the most annoying piece of #@$#@ I’ve seen.

At that point, you’ve probably narrowed me down to one person on the planet, and that’s only about six or seven facts about myself, and there are probably another million set of facts and beliefs that define who I am.  So I’m no longer one of “us” or “them” but an actual human being.

The trouble with political discussions is that people very quickly become “us” or “them” and people start arguing with abstractions.  However, to really understand what makes a person tick, you really have to get into details.  I’m sure that there is some relationship between the fact that I was raised a Southern Baptist and my views on Tibet.  The trouble here is that there is trade-off, in that at some point there is a limit to how well I really want you to know me.  There is a cost in being anonymous in that I can’t explain fully why I believe what I believe, and part of the balance is to say enough about myself is that I appear someone reasonable, but at the same time not to say anything too private about myself, so it’s balance between being a “we” and being a ‘me.”

Advertisements

1 Comment »

  1. Why should we care who you are? Shouldn’t we just focus on what you have to say?

    Comment by China Law Blog — April 11, 2008 @ 3:26 pm


RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: