For some time now I have been reflecting on whether politics unites us or separates us, if religion unites us or separates us, and the same with sports and sex, the group I call PRSS.
What do you think? Do the PRSS aspects unite us or separate us? And what does that have to do with our personal brand?
If you have little time, I invite you to watch this one-minute video (in Spanish):
- PRSS: Politics, religion, Sports and Sex, they all belong to beliefs, affiliations and values
- #Politics "There is only one rule: hunt or be hunted "Frank Underwood in House of Cards
- #Religion Believer and non-believer are human, they deserve great respect. Dalai Lama
- #Sports In football everything is complicated by the presence of other team. Jean-Paul Sartre
- #Sex What a sad time! It is easier to disintegrate an atom than a prejudice . Albert Einstein
- The Robbers' Cave experiment
PRSS: Politics, religion, Sports and Sex, they all belong to beliefs, affiliations and values
Indeed, political, religion, Sports and Sex (PRSS) belong to our group of beliefs, affiliations and values, for that reason they unite us, and for that reason they separate us. The problem with this is that politics as well as religion and sports as well as the treatment around sex become polarizing (or you're with me or against me) and discrimination factors.
If we add the race SDNP, which is neither belief nor value, we would have the answer to most of the conflicts on our planet.
Throughout history, there have been many wars caused by territorial (political) and religious disputes. And many people have been killed because of sports affiliations or mistreated and killed because of sexual discrimination.
#Politics "There is only one rule: hunt or be hunted " Frank Underwood in House of Cards
In politics, the centre seems to have disappeared, and the world tends to polarise towards extreme positions. Hunting or being hunted means that there is no place to flee, hide or be a gun maker, only to be an executioner or a victim.
"Healthy" political discussion is giving way to silence or confrontation between equals. On a personal brand note, it's not forbidden to talk about politics, but to ask these questions:
- Am I respecting the opinions of others, even if I don't share them?
- Does what I'm about to say, share, or comment bring anything to anyone?
Investing those 10 seconds in the answers to these questions can be the salvation to a disciplined dismissal, to the end of a professional career or even to being expelled from a forum or social network.
#Religion Believer and non-believer are human, they deserve great respect. Dalai Lama
With the second SDNP, the problem, in my view, is that many religions are exclusionary, not inclusive. I was educated in the Catholic religion, which for centuries was exclusionary, and now has evolved and respects other beliefs. Unfortunately, there are still many exclusionary religious currents.
Of course, we can speak of religion but with the two premises of the Dalai Lama:
- Respect those who believe in other religions
- Respect those who don't believe in any
#Sports In football everything is complicated by the presence of other team. Jean-Paul Sartre
The first "S" in PRSS cannot be applied to all sports. Fortunately, fairplay prevails in most sports. Golf, tennis, Athletics, motorcycling, skiing, rowing … In others, unfortunately, affiliations can be extreme, especially in Football, basket, baseball and some others.
Extremism is often due to local rivalries. The "derby" between the two major cities pits clubs, but also citizens.
On a personal brand note, it is advisable to act with a certain amount of common sense:
- Of course we can celebrate our team's triumphs, but without humiliating the other
- As a fairplay, we will break new ground if we are able to congratulate the opponent when things are going well or encourage him when things are going badly.
#Sex What a sad time! It is easier to disintegrate an atom than a prejudice . Albert Einstein
The 2nd "S" of PRSS is not a belief, nor affiliation or value. And dealing with sex issues is delicate, because it can discriminate. Social networks are in charge of censoring- sometimes exaggeratedly - the photographs they consider "unseemly".
And the networks themselves can not control certain forms of sex discrimination, referring to groups such as LGTBI (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender and Intersex). And also the heterosexual collective.
Prejudice is based on issues related to sex, so the personal brand would be about:
- Recognising the right to honour and privacy
- Respect anyone regardless of their status
The Robbers' Cave experiment
A few weeks ago I addressed the subject of social influence with Solomon Asch's experiment on social conformity.
Continuing with the topic, and related to what this post about PRSS is about, I leave you this magnificent video with an experiment by one of the founders of social psychology, Muzaffer Sheriff, called "The Robbers' Cave experiment".
What do you think? Are you surprised? After watching it, don't you think that flags separate us? Don't you think that symbols, filiations, some cultural beliefs act as prejudices?
Be very careful about PRDS politics, religion, sports and sex. Especially in print media (and that includes Whatsapp, Messenger, in addition to social networks). Your personal brand is a result of what you do, but also what you say, the way you say it, who you say it to, and also what you keep quiet about.
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