I suppose I would be forgiven to some extent for having held different views by now, given that I’ve perhaps had more than my fair share of stereotyping, but I personally believe it would be a very dangerous game to play. One simply should not engage in stereotyping because nine out of ten times it turns out not to be the case anyway.

Sure, there are indeed some general behavioural patterns which are associated with people of specific cultures, geographic locations and many more of these variables, but I can almost guarantee that every single individual who is associated with these generalisations has their own individual character to express. Sit down with a rapper (from the previous musical generations) for example and you might just be shocked at their intelligence beyond their ability to turn mere dictionary words into art. There’s always more to discover beyond every stereotype and it would be a very enriching experience to at least try and explore those depths.

I believe every single person roaming the face of this earth is an individual first and they perhaps then identify with various institutions second. When a solider dies in battle for example, as much as the institution of the military environment has sought to mute their individual identity as much as it can, there are still some family members somewhere who mourn the death of their brother, sister, father, mother, cousin, uncle, aunt, etc and to them this was a special individual who was unique in so many different ways.

So I believe even if you’ve been subjected to some biases as a result of just how the world works, give people a chance to show you who they really are. If you still can’t identify with them or in fact you just don’t like them after that, then that’s fine. That’s when you can make an effort to perhaps not have to interact with them beyond any situation in which you’d have to, but naturally one should be “human” about it.

There are however some instances in which stereotyping goes beyond just posing a threat to one’s quality of life as result of missing out on a whole lot more they could have otherwise enjoyed had they made the effort to get to know someone who is seemingly different. What happens if based on your stereotypical biases you perhaps miss out on the services of a legal professional who is perhaps the only one that can help you navigate some legal trouble you find yourself in?

That Norfolk personal injury lawyer who greets you with a smile when you consult with their legal firm could be way better than one which you would deem to be “more professional” by virtue of them cutting a more serious (or no-nonsense) demeanour, for example. Furthermore, that same lawyer who offers free consultations isn’t necessarily less skilled than one charging an upfront consultation fee.

These are the types of stereotyping practices which can prove to be very dangerous and seriously affect the quality of your life and livelihood.