Thursday, January 1, 2015

Prejudice

Prejudice exists in every culture and nation and community on the planet; it knows no boundaries.  Some individuals/groups hold other individuals/groups in disdain, for some, or many, reasons.

Those reasons include:

  • Past wrongs unresolved or unforgiven.
  • Feelings of superiority.
  • Jealousy.
  • Perceptions of inadequacy.
  • Perceived lack of intelligence, import, status, social prowess in the other.
  • Overt differences - in skin color, in gender, in language, in values, in education, in political views, in physical appearance,...
Seems to me that prejudice always springs from the self-centric viewpoint.  When it's all about me/I, then the only way to make me/I "feel" better is to take a lesser view of others.

We can do better, I think.  And we should, for the sake of our children.

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