In this post, I wish to expound upon two “classical” philosophical and/or literary concepts that are expressed in phrases. The first of these is a very important one to me.
Back when The Simpsons was actually funny and relevant, there was one episode in which Homer formed a bowling team and led it to a certain level of success. This is so far irrelevant to the subject except one small detail. One team where the Italian member makes broad, sweeping hand gestures as he speaks and says things like “mama mia” as he speaks, and several other broad-stroke characters with well-known racial characteristics of that kind, turn and reveal their team name as The Stereotypes. It drew a laugh of a size proportionate to the groans I make when I see people crapping on about how autistic Lisa Simpson is. For the record, I once dated an Italian woman, and the amount of gesturing she did as she spoke, especially to her elder and far larger brother, put me to shame.