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Thread #49789   Message #753268
Posted By: Big Mick
23-Jul-02 - 04:33 PM
Thread Name: Steve Earle takin' heat for new song
Subject: RE: BS: Steve Earle takin' heat for new song
Well said, SlickerBill. One of the things that I have always hated is the generalizing and categorizing we do. We all understand that there is a need to categorize certain things, when we use that to ascribe a motive or personality, it just doesn't work for me. It goes back to my time in the service when the ability to get us to dehumanize the enemy so it was easier to kill them. If "they" are just japs, dinks, krauts, micks, niggers, etc, then it is easier to find them of less value.

I am a Christian, though certainly not what some would call a traditional Christian. The beliefs of the people I am descended from weigh heavily in my spirituality, including some that clearly come from the old pagan orders. I guess what I am saying is that the assumptions made by attaching that kind label implies that which ain't necessarily so.