We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
To be human, interacting with other humans, is to enter a world in which as Object being perceived, we emit an infinite series of unconscious cues (how we walk, how we talk, how we look, our tone of voice, our gaze, our height, our weight, what we say, what we do, how we say & do these things, etc.). These cues are then received by the Other who, in turn, as Subject, subconsciously filters & interprets them according to an infinite set of paradigmatic beliefs, stereotypes, experiences, and insights.
They say we form first impressions within approximately seven seconds.
I'd say that's about right. Being a child of the 60's, I fought to appear against stereotype, trying to shed one part of my upbringing. I wanted to forever break out of people's expectations. I now see that in doing so I sent off mixed signals, but taken as a whole, very accurate ones. Most people guessed right intuitively, despite my disguises.
I think there are still exceptions, mostly in terms of slightly upgrading people who are simply pretty, or taller, or have better hair, and downgrading those who are less attractive, but even those are not entire.
Assistant Village Idiot