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My manager on finding I wasn’t a Trump supporter said to me, “I was sure you were a Trump supporter.”
Later my manager calls me up and tells me he doesn’t want me to think he is a bigoted Trump supporter, spending an hour trying to convince me with data, saying he has researched Trump thoroughly and believes everything he does has been well thought out, countering everything I offered, such as examples from the Woodward book about Trump. But what is interesting he pigeonholed me as a Trump supporter until he found I wasn’t, at which point he pigeonholed me as someone who believed he himself(my manager) was a bigoted white Southern male believing in Trump for no good reason. And might I add I never said anything to him politically at all.
We like to put each other in a box with a label attached to it. It is hard to think someone might inhabit a grey area or imagine there are gradations between black and white. Better yet let’s take the labels attached to us and transcend them, which was what another blogger VN has done with the labels introvert and extrovert. He took the “bull by the horns” and found an alternative. I remember taking a logic class in school where when you don’t accept the either/or choices you take the bull by the horns and find an alternative, at least that’s the way I remember it. But not only did VN take the “bull by the horns” he transcended it.
He took two terms – introvert and extrovert – and annihilated them, showing their meaninglessness- at least that is what I think he showed. I might be adding something here but if I am following his line of reasoning I would make a new term, say exinvert (or inexvert) and either you are a low exinvert or a high exinvert (depending on skills and understanding). As VN said, “What is present is not some fundamental aspect of the character, but the absence of a skill,” and “It is a question of one’s skills and the understandings reached!” So a high exinvert would have more skills than a low exinvert. Anyway if you haven’t read his blog on introvert and extrovert go here . There are wonderful examples on his blog to demonstrate his point.
I have been struggling with why people I know cannot understand how I cannot fully accept wholly one position or another- as either fully Trump or not Trump. When I did a religious study project I ran into the same thing. Everybody was trying to convert me and either I subscribe to their whole list of doctrines or I don’t. Either you are fully with us or your not. Is it possible maybe they have one doctrine amiss. Well, not in their mind. I recently debated a Calvinist to find myself debating myself. Since he didn’t have a good answer for my point, I supplied one. Then I debated the point I supplied him until I found myself debating myself. A surreal experience. Needless to say he has branded me a non-Calvinist, even though I concede some of his points have validity, and so I have been pigeonholed again.
So it was refreshing, and really made my day, when VN a blogger at Adventures took two terms – extrovert and introvert and “blew them out of the water.”