Thinking of people as being one-dimensional is a certain way of diminishing what they are all about. People have varied likes and dislikes and even in some ways their stance on things contradicts stereotypes and perceptions.
In the surfing world, I have surfed in a crowd of surfers who did not fit the stereotypical mold of the bleach blond surfer. That is because they were of African descent. If you surf in the Caribbean or the West Indies…This is the norm.
I also remember one large student who was constantly being chased after by the American Football coaches because they wanted him to play for our school.
He looked at me and said that he wished they would leave him alone.
He just wanted to play his favorite sport…tennis!
This our world. A world in which good people can do something bad from time to time. Mainly because some undue pressure made them reach a tipping point. Some tip easier than others. Some are on the opposite end of the spectrum. They can be pretty bad but once in a while; they do an act that shows they are capable of being more.
So for me, I am many things…A writer, a surfer, a family man, a manager…defined more by a few constants as compared to other likes and beliefs that slide up and down a scale.
311 is a musical example of this theory. Metal, hip-hop, and reggae…All rolled into one package.
The only question is which influence will prevail more in each song.
311 – Prisoner
Or Come Original
Do your likes and dislikes and values put you neatly into one or two categories or do you find that you are comprised of many talents and identify with many type of people?