Anti-type: (n) a person or thing which represents the opposite of someone or something else.
- Everybody has sex, but not everybody’s allowed to be considered sexy.
- Everybody should learn the politics of our generation, but not everybody is comfortable being political.
- Everybody’s a human being, but not everybody is treated as human.
Everybody is loved by God, but not everybody is ushered into the ranks of the religious.
Perhaps the most unseemly part of our human race is our penchant for wanting to “box things up” and label them, only to end up stacking them on the shelves for storage.
So whenever I hear the words “can’t,” “shouldn’t” or even “won’t,” I have the tendency to want to challenge them. I am fearful of leaving my brothers or sisters out simply because they don’t fall within the boundaries of the prototype.
Yes, they are anti-type.
For instance, I am a big, fat guy who is bald and aging, who happens to like to sing. When I do this vocalizing, I am always astounded that it often takes me much longer to get an audience’s attention simply because I don’t fulfill the stereotype of the typical crooner.
It sucks. But that fact that it sucks does very little to stop the insanity of the prejudice. So I sing without permission, becoming the anti-type of the pop world.
For I’m not so sure that without anti-types we will be able to progress the Adam’s big family much further.
- We need people with enough confidence to know they are sexy but who are not runway models or six-pack studs.
- We need politicians who escape the garble of glib and instead, simply impart their message with a bit of candor.
- And we are certainly desperately in need of people who love one another and God without ever sniffing of religion.
It takes courage.
It also takes a sense of humor.
And I do believe … it will take time.
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