Apparently, people are nice in the Midwest

I mean, don't take it from me.  I've never been.  I asked a friend what I should blog about, and since she's out there, that's what she suggested. There's something about the idea of describing the character of the people in a region or environment that's always kind of bothered me.

It seems to me that it's not quite racism, or sexism, or one of those other 'ism's, but there's the same kind of thing in it.  It seems to me to be basically unfair to make assumptions about people based on the region they're from.

It also highlights the sort of xenophobia that's common these days.  (Though, I suspect it's always been.)  I've heard plenty of people tell me that, because of my political, social, or economic views that I should move to Massachusetts, or California, or Canada, or France.  (I generally respond that I'd be happy to, if they'll fund the trip and living space.)

I don't like this idea that people should be expected to sort themselves into regions by personality type or beliefs.  It reminds me of the so-called "Race Realists" (that is, racists) who argue that people of different races or ethnicities should move back to separated home continents.

Of course, the opposite view is also worrying.  I don't want to advocate for a creepily Utopian view where everyone on earth behaves in more-or-less the same way, or that people of particular views or dispositions aren't allowed to group.  Trends do exist in regions, or even as narrowly as in cities or neighborhoods.  And I don't think people who acknowledge the existence of those trends are xenophobic monsters, or basically-racists.

So, like most other generalizations, I guess what I'm saying is, it's morally complicated.  Trying to simplify it, just like trying to simplify people, seems only to lead to morally questionable or emotionally harmful consequences.

I guess the important thing is, I got like a 300 word count out of a remarkably weird suggestion for a blogging topic.