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Author - Janis Hudson
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- 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, cathartic but painful 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... 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.
Prejudice, small or large, is 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. 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 as accomplished, talented, positioned… but we each deserve 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.
We can see commonality with others, value their strengths, acknowledge them. We can live with personal challenges and leave others to theirs. From this is maturity.
Maturity is a process with no final destination in this life. The farther we move from commonality with others, the more vulnerable we become to addictive hate brought about by our own prejudices.
Without seeing commonality and vulnerability to personal prejudice, personal pain morphs into bias and then hatred. Immature adults justify feelings of bias and hatred by pointing a finger toward different others they see and proclaim as the "only" prejudiced beings.
If we do not recognize our own vulnerability to prejudice, that prejudice leads us to zealous rants against those who do not show similarity or agreement. 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, the greater possibility grows for doing wrong to another. So a well-meaning endeavor becomes a destructive force.
Zeal for superiority righteously expresses itself in a plethora of conjured isms. Zealous vanity globally cloaks itself in calls for justice. Blames others because of racism, sexism, wealth privilege, religious piety, nationality, color, age, ability and other isms infinitum.
While prejudices exist because of each of those 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 seeking self-aggrandizement or acting with malintent, ignorance, and/or haplessness.
Recognition of our common heritage, unique value and vulnerability, 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.
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