“Broad-Stroking,” an Umbrella idiom, embraces meanings of contrary (positive/negative) opposites. Further complications are from assigned connotations on different Cosmic Planes—and any given concept is unique and operates under its own rules. Such a complexity accounts for it not being mentioned in hundreds of books (e.g. Oxford English Dictionary) I researched. On the positive scale, Broad-Strokes’ Chinese Calligraphy’s origin–an offshoot of Ancient Egyptians’ hieroglyphic symbolism–is used to carry Sublime artistic and good taste whereby its decorative assessments involve Metaphysical aphophasic (allusional) mental operations. On a Physical World plane it refers to inclusiveness. Otherwise, Broad-Stroke’s origin cannot be pin-pointed to time or place. Yet, it is in the family with “Broad-Brush” (sweeping general in scope, without giving details; crude, rough); “Broad-Scale” (shotgun); “Broad-Gauge” (concerned with wide policy rather than detail); and “Tarred with the same brush”—an expression of sheep farming where animal’s sores were treated by the same brush sufficing to tar over all of them. Simultaneously, the brush was used to daub a special mark of ownership upon every fleece so that each sheep was identified as being a member of the same flock. In the early 1800s it was expanded to include uncomplimentary remarks pertaining to those humans having the same faults and bad qualities. “Broad-Stroke” is used here for an allusion of painting in the sense of making wide marks with a wide stroke by those habitually characterizing people, places, or things with such a huge brush as to whitewash distinctions among them.
Allusions are extremely quick ways of expressing ones emotions as well as creating in listeners shades of those same emotions–but only when the in-group listeners are already familiar with the setting. Inherently, Allusions are about bias. The C16 English word “Bias” (oblique line or curved path from which “Prejudice” derives) is simply a tendency, usually below ones awareness—to see only one side of the coin–to see facts in a certain way because of ones habits, wishes, desires, interests, values, or need to “save face.” “Prejudice” (a Middle English term for harm or injury resulting from action or judgment) has a strict sense of preconceived favorable or unfavorable opinion or emotion without knowledge. Whereas “Prejudice” occurs when one does not know, or has not examined, or does not care about the truth and does not want to be confused by the facts, Bias is developed in viewing the facts and then “Picking and Choosing” only those facts which support ones point of view. What does matter is that when any situation is considered from different viewpoints it becomes clearer and easier to understand the one on the wrong side, if there ever is such a thing. To “Broad-Stroke” is the habit of Patterned Thinking characteristic of Emotional People (EPs) whereby one stereotypes people (e.g. “all men are…; all members of this race don’t…”). Since EPs are unable to do skilled Critical Thinking, they are thus hampered in being able to see things as they are–and particularly when thin strokes are called for—situations of distortions and fantasy which generate, enhance, or maintain needless problems of a vicious cycle nature. It is easy to broad stroke all people of any race or gender as being this or that way but such is simply not so.
Broom and Selznick (Sociology p88) said: “…the primitive peoples did not blindly accept the ‘superior’ culture of the Europeans even when defeated in combat. In art and drama the primitive peoples lampooned the white man and represented him as ignorant and destructive. Neither the manners nor the morals of the conquerors are objects for admiration as seen through the eyes of the primitive artist.” Aristotle (384-322 BC) added: “The races that live in cold regions and those of Europe are full of courage and passion but somewhat lacking in skill and brainpower….” Poe (Black Spark White Fire p342) supported this comment by saying: “…that fair-headed northerners were not very bright. The stereotype of “dumb blonds” is evidently older than we think!” The truth of these three things—being dumb, destructive, and amoral–so bothered the barbaric Europeans that they tried to overcome them using a Feigned Superiority Complex (donning a self-confidence and self-greatness mask wrapped in an arrogance/aggression reality to conceal deep inferiority). Others are socialized to ridiculously believe they are superior—a dumb self-declaration. jabaileymd.com