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Ownership and Wagon-Boarding

12/17/2009

A thought occurred to me while lounging about on the internet today.  Why do many people use the terms of ownership “we” and “our” to describe a group or object which they have no real ownership of?  The most common example is sports fans.  “We’re going to the superbowl.”  Really?  No, you are not going to play in the superbowl, the team is.  And the cold hard truth is that the team does not need you to get to the superbowl any more than the hero of a movie or play needs applause from the audience to reach the conclusion.   I don’t mean to single out sports fans here, many groups of people tend to commit this logical fallacy. Why care?  It is a logical fallacy!  Any such thought which prevents us from seeing the world as it truly is makes you a target for predation.  I can see why a lot of people don’t care, sometimes all you lose is money.

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2 Comments
  1. We were talking about this in my philosophy class. Especially in politics, the thought od “us” vs. “Them.” It’s so rooted in our language, too. Just like you said “we are going to win…” This, I think, has a lot to do with society’s mentality of being a “culture” and having an “identity.” It’s funny, because on thr flip side, our society also very much pushes individuation, and maybe the increase of importance on being an “individual” actually fuels the “us” vs “then” line of thought. I mean, look at communism, I don’t know if that way of thinking and living produces as much competition, do you? The individual is encouraged to do away with the thought of actually being an individual, and simply part of the greater whole. Maybe there should be a middle ground between the two extremes?

  2. Excellent thought, i completely agree. There is no doubt that encouragement of the achievement of the individual in our culture leads everyone to jump on the same bandwagon just as discouragement of it does in other cultures. I also agree in a middle ground. Individuals need to be encouraged to achieve everything they can, but preferably not at the expense of the community which gave them the change to begin with. Of course, it’s not that simple either. It seems like one way or another, we are trying as hard as we can to belong to something.

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