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Letter: The rush to judge

We tend to group and categorize peoples of certain cultures, race, creed, and the nation of which they may reside and form in our minds the opinion that they must all act and think alike. This rush to judgment can cause resentment and/or animosity among those being profiled. It is especially dangerous to lump all individuals of a given nation to the concepts of their rulers.

For instance, it is unfair to say that everyone wearing a tattoo must belong to some ominous motorcycle gang. Nor is it fair to assume anyone wearing a Muslim-type headdress belongs to a cult and to make a generalized statement that all Iranians are enemies of the United States is simply false and misleading, and on the contrary the vast majority like Americans.

We all must break the habit of generalizing and learn to be more pacific and straightforward and careful in our dialogue.

BILL PAUL

Chicopee

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