Treatise on Prejudice

If money is the root of all evil, prejudice is the seed. A seed developed from birth. It sometimes comes from within. Other times - environment. Each person is valuable and vulnerable.


Genetic predisposition, unique experience, and environment set a personal prism. A sole birthright through which one sees life. Each similar. Yet different. Together, an emotional kaleidoscope of earthly chaos or cooperation. 


Recognizing and dealing with one’s own prejudice is personal and unique. Easy for me to see your bias, painful but cathartic to recognize inside me, my best friend or group.


Complex - like a two edged sword. Superiority: I am better than... smarter than... more beautiful/handsome than... stronger than…, my race is better than… my religion is better... my country… etc.


Inferiority: I am not as good as… not as smart as… not as good looking as… not as strong as… my race is not as good as… my country is not as good as…etc. Prejudice grows from both sides of the sword of evil.


Prejudice, small or large - a lifetime quest for self-validation. But one can temper these thoughts and feelings. It comes down to choice.


Choice shapes character or lack there of. Character in an individual, group, state, or country. 


As one matures, empathy grows. Understanding - one may be better at or with something. Others may be more or less accomplished, talented, positioned… but each deserves opportunity to be better. 


Many paths bring opportunity, not just one. I may be ever so right in accusation of injustice but so wrong in choosing the path of justice.


See commonality with others, value their strengths, acknowledge them. Live with personal challenges and accept that other have theirs. From this comes maturity.


Maturity is a process with no final destination in this life. Yet, the farther one moves away from his or her commonality with others, the more vulnerable to the addiction of their own prejudices.


Without seeing commonality and personal vulnerability to prejudice, personal pain morphs into bias and then hatred. Immature adults justify bias and hatred by pointing the finger of their own prejudice toward different others they see as the "only" prejudiced beings.


Prejudice, all too often, leads one or a group to zealous rants morphing into actions of riots, destruction, and even killing. With outrageous prejudicial indignation, we call for justice from others. Never realizing we are the victim of our own hatred.


The greater a person’s zeal for proving superiority, extracting justice for perceived bias or injustice from others, the greater possibility grows for doing wrong. A well-meaning endeavor becomes a destructive force.


Zeal for superiority righteously expresses itself in a plethora of conjured  isms. Zealous superiority globally cloaks itself in calls for justice. Blames others because of racism, sexism, wealth privilege, religious piety, national origin, color, age, ability and other isms infinitum. 


While prejudices exist beacuse of each of the above, prejudice also breeds in those who judge too harshly. Therein lies great vulnerability.


Coming to grips with one’s own vulnerability to prejudice in all its forms and shapes results in a mature adult. Ready to accept others as they are.


Ready to speak for justice where injustice truly lives. Open to allow others their choice of personal path. But ready also to recognize the difference between those with healthy purpose and those with malintent, ignorance, and/or haplessness. 


Recognition of our common heritage, unique value and vulnerabilty, effects respect for self and others. As greater recognition and empathy grow, the greater good one may accomplish. Patterns of choice tell the story. Create a history of frail indecision, blind bias, or noble character. 


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

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