I love generalizations.
Well, now I do.
I once despised them. I believed generalizations were the evil spawn of lazy and complacent minds, which in some respects is most likely true. But generalizations are fantastic considered within the context of society as they traverse its slippery surface. I believe a true “generalization” is only definable and perceivable as such if it is held by a majority of members of society, as manifested in commonly-held beliefs, suspicions, inklings, etc. Generalizations are by nature embodied only in large groups of the populace. A single person cannot have a generalization. In that case, one man’s generalization is nothing but an opinion. It is only when the opinion gains traction, and its accuracy and putative truth gathers the momentum of popular belief, whether unspoken or not, that an opinion becomes a generalization.
What purpose do generalizations serve and why do we owe them anything?
Generalizations speak the unspoken truth of observable and culturally-tested phenomena.
Generalizations have lived tenaciously through the unsteady waves of popular and unpopular philosophy, and they have withstood the unpredictable elements of human social civilization. Generalizations have weathered the passage of generations. Over time, they are filtered through an endless series of cultural aqueducts that we, as the mass of society, have contributed and fine-tuned in our collective manner, sharpening and honing the generalization so that it becomes a kernel of wisdom that many find hard to accept, but which is a truth, nevertheless. Generalizations speak truths. They speak a design. A larger than life paradigm of human nature.
This is why I have come to love generalizations. Generalizations speak the honest and reflective language of the ages.
Generalizations do not lie.
On this note, I am going to backslide and do something I shrugged off on this blog long ago. The creation of an ongoing “feature” which I will lob out as a sorry excuse for a post occasionally. The regular feature is going to be called the “The Generalization Chronicles.”
And now, the maiden voyage.
Generalizations about stones
Stones are hard and irregularly-shaped.
Stones are found everywhere and are easily flung and thrown and can cause great damage to glass and foreheads.
Stones can be used as a tool for self-defense or attack.
Stones can cause you to get your ass whipped with a belt by your father when you’re 7-years-old because you persist in throwing them over the backyard fence (despite repeated warnings) until one strikes your neighbor’s wife in the head.
Stones cause pain and torment.
Stones can be used to wreak fatal justice on those who defy strict laws in strict cultures.
Stones come in many colors and can be used as organic ornamentation in certain overpriced instances.
Stones can be gathered to build mounds in order to add a touch of pagan splendor to the burial spot of your dead pet parakeet or goldfish.
Stones fit well in a slingshot pouch and promise great harm to distant objects, a practice which seems to evoke a primal destructive urge in young male minds. The ability to shatter a window from afar is tantalizing and also results in pain and torment (see above).
Stones represent unleashed power or power wielded impersonally and ruthlessly.
Stones fit in pockets.
However, a bag of stones can act as an anchor when attached to the legs of a struggling assassination victim.
Stones are nature.
Stone are also civilization.