General statements can be detrimental to both sides. It can decimate like a double-edged sword. Unfortunately we got accustomed to sharp statements with unsupported allegations. We are pleased with ourselves when we leave someone with no route to defend themselves. We feel like we are entitled to our opinions and we can express them in a way, shape or form regardless of the consequences. Isn’t that what the Freedom stands for?
What if I’d stopped you in your tracks and said you need to slow down and digest every word before you utter it. Take your time. There are so many words that cannot be taken back, once you say it, it’s done and it cannot be undone and that’s the tragic path that you don’t want to find yourself on.
Freedom doesn’t allow you to say and do whatever is on your mind. John Paul the II once stated that your freedom ends where other’s Freedom begins. There are boundaries that cannot be shattered, rules that cannot be broken.
When you make general statements you take a risk of insulting, shaming or diminishing at least one person that belongs to the group that you’re making statement about. If you think you can justify your declaration despite the fact that the group in question had at least one innocent person that didn’t deserve the harsh critique, you’ve already become desensitized to the cruelty that occurs and surrounds us every day.
So why do we make general statements? Does it empower us, or does it expose our fears and weakness?