I Can't Understand It

We are born without prejudice, but gradually acquire it.

Tragic.

Mizz

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46-50, M
7 Responses Mar 3, 2010

beprincess, I agree with you, it suits those with vested interests for prejudice against certain groups of society to continue, and the press and the government do their best for this to remain the case. The hope, as you say, is through people like us, raising awareness and consciousness. <br />
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thanks, beprincess:)<br />
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Mizz

Prejudice helps maintain the status quo of society, and is only imposed by people only interested in keeping their power and position through fear, and imposing differences among the rest. I agree with you it is sad, but the fact that there is awareness with more people, like you and me, means there is also a light of hope that things may change if we fight for it.

Hi, and I agree! Human communication is the key, the weapon as you say, to breaking through bigotry and prejudice. I like to think we will overcome, and you know one day I believe we will! Bit of a struggle, but good can overcome evil! cheers, Mizz x

We're doing it right now, Mizz, just by talking about it. There will always, always be those who hold onto prejudice because they see it as a path to power. But they are no match for the 'soft power' we have... we shall overcome, some day! Hang on tight to that ideal, pass it on to whomever you may meet, here on in the other world, and keep communicating. Human communication is our 'weapon', my friend!

jenmelf<br />
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What can I say but I agree with every single sentiment! It is a cycle that needs to be broken, how we do it is another matter.<br />
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Mizz

Hi amber and thank you :)<br />
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I think it probably did have an evolutionary advantage in the Darwinian sense, in the sense that we are born 'selfish', we have to rely on immediate others to meet our needs, but I believe that we are not born racist, sexist, homophobic or anything else, it is always others with an agenda to poison a mind with prejudice and hatred.<br />
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Mizz

I think initially our ability to form prejudices probably had some evolutionary advantage, Mizz, but it is tragic that many people seem unable to evolve beyond their biology. Being able to distinguish between our own tribe and "others" probably helped our ancestors to survive and bond, and eventually what started as prejudice may have evolved into love. Unfortunately, as we know, there are many who are ready to exploit our species' tendency towards prejudice for their own base political and commercial ends.