We raise chickens for eggs and meat. We occasionally give some away to help people start their own chicken colony. Today friends came over to pick out 5 of our 30 birds to start their own little farm. They were amazed when my 8-year-old daughter ran around tell them the names of each chicken. The couple puzzled, “How do you tell the difference between all these birds? They all look the same to us?” To which my daughter quickly responded, rather baffled, “It is easy, they are all different!”
Flash back 20 years: I am in a Japanese movie theater watching an American film dubbed in Japanese with a good Japanese friend. He kept asking me who was who throughout the film. I kept reminding him but after a while I grew impatient and said, “Look, I just told you two minutes ago who that was!” He replied shyly, “Sorry, I don’t mean to be offensive, but all you white people look the same to me.” I smiled with irony.
Atheists & Christians
We can easily see the differences among our familiars. Generalizing about those outside of our group comes natural. I visit many blog sites where Christians generalize about Atheists and Atheist generalize about Christians. Heck, I have to fight the tendency in myself all the time. We are all susceptible to the same silly biases!