The Times They Are A Changing
A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
More on Monday’s post
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with no credentials to have any opinion on the topic opined. Opposing opinions are welcome, but are wrong. As always, no name calling, and that means you, you big stupid head!
Monday I re-ran a post from 2013. It was tongue in cheek, making fun of “Profiling” and how we all do it from time to time. The intent was to demonstrate how profiling is not necessarily wrong as it is usually based on experience or common sense, but our gut feelings are also not always correct.
When I board a train and there are two seats available, one next to a teenager with a nose ring, and one next to an older lady in a business suit, I will sit next to the lady.
Here is what I find interesting:
In 2013, the comments I received were predominantly along the lines of “This is so true, and funny” or “I do the same, why not go with the odds”, or “Sometimes you just have to trust your instincts.” Most comments at least recognized the attempt at humor.
Monday the comments were more along the lines of, “You can’t judge a book by its cover”, and “We all do this sometimes and it is not right.” Some comments acknowledged the existence of profiling and even admitted to doing it, but almost no one found humor in the post or felt that profiling was in any way reasonable.
What happened in four years that people went from seeing humor in a mostly tongue-in-cheek post, to being a bit uptight and not wanting to give any credibility at all to profiling people not just on race, but demeanor, dress and, body language?
I think perhaps the word “Profiling” has taken on a Political Correct nuance that makes people less willing to accept it in any form.
That, or maybe we have just lost our sense of humor.
It is sad if society today is walking on egg shells.
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man, and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.