What a difference a year and then some makes

I don't know why after all this time I am compelled to write. I don't know or care if anyone reads this blog and I almost prefer it that way.

I read a blog called The Simple Dollar. I have for years. Today, a quote on it struck me and I wanted to remember it somewhere. It's about -isms.

“The moment someone attaches you to a philosophy or a movement, they then assign all the baggage and the rest of the philosophy to you. Then when you want to have a conversation, they will assert that they already know everything important there is to know about you, because of that association. That’s not the way to have a conversation. I’m sorry, it’s not. …I am not an -ism, I think for myself.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

I identify with this. Since I became an active member of the LDS church, I think people thought I would stop being me. Or find that I had no thoughts of my own. I am still me. I do believe the gospel to be true. And I'm still me.

I wonder how many people feel that way about different things they have identified themselves with. And if they have noticed people treating them differently...

I am unique in my thoughts and beliefs as the next person, regardless if we identify ourselves in the same group or religion or political party or not.

It's interesting to take a step back and look at that.

Good night. :)

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