Let's Be Rational Rather Than Hysterical About The Word "Discrimination"--With Thanks To Intelligently And OthersWhat is your definition of the word "discrimination"?
Asked By: Intelligently
Is it always bad, or is it sometimes warranted?
Posted by conceptualclarity Jul 19th, 2011 at 5:18PM
It is definitely sometimes warranted, and it's high time that people speak up about that, lest even more absurd things come to pass. We have people claiming that being drunks entitles them to protection against discrimination and getting support from the legal bar. I do think I will live to see people talking with the same hysteria to which we are accustomed surrounding that word about the "injustice of being discriminated against on the basis of ability." We need to let the air out of that word and banish the hysteria. Even as far as bad discrimination goes, there really are things in the world that are a lot worse, like massacre, murder, maiming, rape, and robbery.
I would add to my answer that these days many people understand that they can get away with almost anything if they shout loudly and passionately enough that opposing them amouints to "discrimination."
Other good answers :
Posted by JoseyDee Jul 18th, 2011 at 11:12AM
To discern a difference...
I think only when it is prejudicial is discrimination bad. Otherwise, it really only seeks to identify a difference, like making an informed choice and "discriminating" between what is a red traffic light and a green one.
Reply by Intelligently Jul 18th, 2011 at 11:15AM
Bingo! To everyone else, please be informed. ;)
Posted by ThatOtherGuy1970 Jul 18th, 2011 at 12:53PM
To discriminate is to live life. Which shall I have, the Caramel Frappucino, or the Vanilla Latte'. This requires that I discriminate.
As is often the case in the English language, negative connotations are given to words which are, in fact, neutral.
Reply by Intelligently Jul 18th, 2011 at 1:04PM
Preach it. I so wish that people would take it upon themselves to learn the meaning of words rather than believing that the "spin" given to them is their actual definition.
Posted by IshiMoai Jul 18th, 2011 at 11:08AM
Same as the official definition. I dont have definitions for words, it gets confusing if i make up my own.
Yes its bad, not justified at all.
Reply by Intelligently Jul 18th, 2011 at 11:13AM
Unfortunately, that was the point of my question. People don't even know what the actual definition of words is anymore but instead, they take buzz words like "discrimination" and assume that they mean something they don't or that they're always bad, when in fact, they aren't. For instance, a person with "discriminating taste" is considered classy. :) But not showing discrimination against a convicted ********* could result in your child becoming his next victim.
Posted by NorseChief Jul 18th, 2011 at 11:18AM
"Unfair" or illegal treatment of one person or group ba
I put "unfair" in quotation marks because discrimination is indeed sometimes warranted, although it may be perceived as unfair in the eyes of the discriminated or called as such in an effort to avert attention. Sometimes, a specific action or reaction towards from a particular group or person or the actions thereof are needed in the interests of security and peace of mind.