Tarred With the Same Brush

 Tarred with the same brush. A rant about absolutes. 

If you've spent time on Facebook or any other social media platform, you've likely seen them before. Memes. Specifically, political memes. Drill down with me one more time and let's focus on a particular type of political meme - the ones I like to call the "all or nothing" memes. 

"All liberals are snowflakes who can't handle criticism."
"All conservatives are racists." 
"Democrats are anti-religion."
"Republicans are greedy."

You get the idea, right? The polarization of today's society encapsulated into bumper sticker sound bites.

Just so there's no mistake, I proudly consider myself a liberal/Democrat. I'm sure you've already made a dozen assumptions about me, based on that one sentence. Some may be true, some may not. 

My point is: people are complex. Their choices, their votes, their lives, and their values cannot be reduced to any one thing. 

So, when I see these memes floating around the internet (shared by people who support both parties), it just makes me sad. Confront someone who has posted such a meme and you'll likely get one of two responses: 

1) "Well, I didn't mean YOU. Obviously, I know you're not like that." Right. Just everyone else.
2) "Well, I don't see YOU speaking out against [xyz topic], so..." As if it's my sole responsibility to refute everything on the internet. 

Now, don't think I'm taking on some holier-than-thou attitude. I've laughed at my fair share of said memes as well in the past. But the more I think about it, the more we all continue to co-exist from opposite sides of the field in this political climate, the more I think we need reminders that at the end of the day, we're all in this together. 

So, before you tar everyone with the same brush, just remember this: 

We may never agree on politics, but we can always agree on donuts.