I am going to go ahead and pull the trigger on a change of thought that I have been considering, ever since I saw how many Democrats were indifferent to the poverty caused by the lockdown and began to consider the good that is being done by Republicans and even Trump in ways that Democrat leadership have failed.
I'm going to stop using labels and judging categories, whether that be political parties, genders, or locations.
It is easier to make blanket judgements of things that have seemed in my mind to be universal or so widespread that it seems wise to project yourself by raising a guard in the presence of certain individuals and to be open to other individuals you consider 'safe' to trust.
However, if there is one thing that I can say I learned this year for sure, it is that those you trust can hurt you, and you might find interest or support in those that you have judged. Further, I am a person that, MYSELF, does not like having labels applied to me, even though I ACKNOWLEDGE I am an exception to the rule, when it comes to men.
This is going to be hard for me, and I expect it will take time. However, I have opened to the idea that some men can be good....and for that matter...some WOMEN may be good, as well, even though my past on that front has given me much reason for caution.
Now, I expect that most will not only FIT the stereotypes, but they will defend them and attack anyone that tries to depart them. So, I expect to be disappointed in my exploration, but I am going to be open to there being good men, women, Republicans, Democrats, and even Christians (even if I see flaws in the structure foundation of the faith and denominational structures). If you hear me say universal terms, again, it will be a mistake.