Prejudice

Q. Am I prejudice?

A. Of course I am. That is what this blog and TidePodcast are all about. My prejudices.

Q. Is this a fallacy on my behalf?

A. Maybe, it all depends on your own prejudices.

Prejudice, an interesting topic and aspect. Is prejudice good or bad? I guess that depends on how anyone would manage their own prejudices and whether or not they were concerned with how others may pre-judge them.

Q. What are your issues with the prejudices of others?

Q. Are you content with your own prejudices?

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96 thoughts on “Prejudice

  1. As people we have ideas, thoughts about how others live or who others are. Out of fear, we can make up things that aren’t true but it is up to us to learn about one another. IMO

    My problem with others’ prejudices is the fear of trying not to learn about others, happily relying on making assumptions. And living in those assumptions is enough for them.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      Don’t we all assume Scherezade? Is there really enough time to diminish all of our prejudices?

      I would rather accept others as they are, as I would want to be accepted. Flaws and all.

        1. bottomlesscoffee007

          If someone doesn’t want to learn about others, does that make them bad? Prejudice is not reserved for other people alone.

                1. bottomlesscoffee007

                  I’m not saying you’re wrong. This is clearly your opinion, and aren’t we all entitled to our own opinion and our own prejudices?

              1. Obligated? No.
                Also, I don’t think we should overcome certain prejudices. Like I said, they are there for a reason.
                BUT, studying the reason, to make sure it’s sound is important to me.
                Learning and growing is important to me, and I think as a human specie, we should be wanting to do better today than yesterday, and tomorrow better than today.

                    1. bottomlesscoffee007

                      It seems quite the opposite to me. It seems as if everyone is too happy to point out the flaws in everyone else.

                      We view ourselves as complex, we also grant ourselves liberty and latitude that we refuse to grant others.

                      We view others as simple, as right or wrong.

                    2. I see where you’re coming from.
                      Those that are too happy to point out flaws are a different breed than those I talk about. The ones you mention are superficial and judgmental without much information. However, I talk about people who actually know things, yet remain quiet.
                      In my opinion that is what causes the imbalance – the loud people screaming, and the quiet people (because they are exhausted by the loud) choose to shut up. It’s a bad, bad domino effect.

        1. bottomlesscoffee007

          Possibly, I don’t know if reciprocation is necessarily an aspect for all. For some yes. I just don’t see the need in always expecting anything in return.

            1. bottomlesscoffee007

              That’s the thing though. That is your outlook. Is it a problem if others do not ascribe to that same philosophy?

        1. bottomlesscoffee007

          Exactly Goldie, we all want what we want, but who are any of us to dictate what others must or must not believe?

          1. Ok, I’ll bite.
            If we all minded only ourselves, and didn’t try to better other people, where would that lead us?
            Would the fittest survive?
            Or would we stall our specie’s development?

            1. bottomlesscoffee007

              I don’t know Goldie. I think it would be as it is today. Some couldn’t care less, while others are obsessed.

                1. bottomlesscoffee007

                  That’s how I see it as well. We cannot control where our body stores fat. Why do we assume that we can control everyone in the world and everything in the universe, if we cannot control our own minds and bodies?

                  1. No, we definitely cannot. However, we can be conscious of what/ how we eat, and try and implement a certain lifestyle. Same with our minds. We can learn to control our emotions.

  2. As I said to another blogger earlier today – we are all biased. Consciously, or not. The goal is not to get rid of that bias, but to recognize it and be able to think rationally.

    I don’t think anyone is able not to judge.

    My issue is that a lot of people don’t recognize their prejudice as such. They cling to it without explicit reasoning, unwilling to change it.

    My prejudice is based on MY OWN experience. Not based on what I’ve heard on TV. I lived it, so I have the right to have prejudice. Shouldn’t not learning from experience be considered stupid?

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      That’s the thing Goldie. I believe we are all entitled to think and feel however we choose.

      We all learn in our own time.

            1. bottomlesscoffee007

              Sure, rape, murder torture, incest and theft are really the foundation. Everything else is situation dependent. At least in my opinion they are.

              1. To some people incest is OK. So is rape in some cultures.
                I am not trying to prove that nothing is sacred. Quite the opposite – that there are more things that are right, or wrong.

                1. bottomlesscoffee007

                  Very true Goldie, it all depends on what it’s called. When I was in Afghanistan, I noticed how the men would often have sex with younger boys or each other for that matter. They were all Muslim and homosexuality is outlawed in the Muslim Faith. However they did not see it as gay. To them homosexuality is Love not physical.

                  It always depends on the word or name an action is given. Look at the 13th Amendment, slavery was abolished in America. Unless slavery is used for punishment, then it’s ok. Weird right?

                    1. bottomlesscoffee007

                      How so Goldie? Is it bigger than it was during the 1960s civil rights movement?

                      Is it bigger than it was during the LA Riots?

      1. Technically, no, because then I just have a choice of dropping the debate and walking away, never to speak to them again.

        Of course, it depends what their prejudice is rooted in. If they are at fault, and refuse to recognize it, it prevents their growth and other possibilities, and potentially hinders others from living their life.

      1. That is very true. The thing is that you don’t have to convince me to think like you. All you need to do is show me that you have some sort of backing for your claims. Otherwise, I might not treat you too seriously.

  3. You mean , Am I prejudiced, right ? 😘 It’s human instinct to prejudge and then later decide if we are correct . Hopefully we will change our opinions when met with conflicting evidence.

        1. bottomlesscoffee007

          The thought police! I just don’t understand all of the people control everywhere. Everyone wants to think that they got it right and everyone needs to follow them.

          This attitude of you’re either with us or against us is what is the problem. People are too afraid to be who they are even if it means they are alone.

          If anyone cannot be independent on their own, then perhaps true independence will always evade all of us.

          People assign a negative connotation to prejudice. Is anyone truly free of prejudice?

          How many people are prejudice of those they view as racist?

          Is there any one of us who is not prejudice in some form or fashion?

          I know this may turn many off. It’s the nature of prejudice.

            1. bottomlesscoffee007

              Thank you PK. Maybe I do and maybe I don’t. Who really knows. In the end only 1 thing matters.

              You’re either believe in God or you don’t. Everything else is just noise between now and then.

              1. I agree, but some say that makes us bigots 🤷‍♀️ Have a blessed day 007!
                My daughter is still in the hospital so I’ll be there. Any blog topic suggestions for me ?

                1. bottomlesscoffee007

                  Tomato, potato PK. If someone is more worried about being called a name, than actually trying to solve something. Then we cannot discuss anything and we will never solve anything. Is this by design?

                  I hope your daughter recovers soon. Pneumonia is rough, especially for someone in her condition.

                  If I think of a blog topic, I’ll let you know.

                  1. I have an in-law that just makes me shake my head . His inability to see through the lies of the liberal party and the impossibility of Socialism is sad to me. Otherwise, he’s a very nice and interesting person.

  4. I’m sure I have had prejudices before – but I honestly don’t remember them.
    The problem I have with prejudice is that it is ideas and beliefs that are made on assumptions we make about people that are simply not true (probably made out of fear of someone different to us), which leads to problems. We all have them, even if we are not aware of them. It’s human nature, but it causes problems sometimes.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      I think the connotation with the word prejudice makes people think white vs black. When in fact I believe that interpretation is prejudice as well. On that note though, being afraid of people who are different has helped and saved people from devastation in the past.

      The Indians and the Europeans. The Indians on that island in the Indian Ocean who killed that missionary last year. Who knows if he would’ve unknowingly brought a virus or some sickness to those people that would’ve wiped them out?

      1. Yeah, I think I agree with what you said about prejudice. And how do we know that he could have brought a virus? That is pure speculation and it was wrong of them to kill the missionary as he wasn’t harming them, just going to tell them about the Lord/Yehovah.

        1. bottomlesscoffee007

          That’s a good question Lander. I would counter with, how many truly want to be saved. If simple sickness was wiped out today, something else would come along.

          1. I would say everyone wants to be saved when it’s them hanging over the edge of a cliff while desperately hanging on.

            But no one wants a fence put on the cliff to prevent someone from falling off.

  5. You asked — What are your issues with the prejudices of others?

    My answer — None. I have no interest in the prejudice of others. Prejudice has no immediate value or impact.

    As an example, if a police officer pulls over someone black because they don’t like black people I don’t want that officer prosecuted for being prejudice but I do want the officer fired for pulling over a citizen without a criminal reason for doing so. After he is fired I want him brought up on charges for violating the law.

    Q. Are you content with your own prejudices?

    They would need to be identified by a third party so that I could address them. I have no self-applying negative views of my own being. This is to say that no one is calling me prejudice for any reason so I don’t have any example to say if I’m content with it.

    I wait for people to tell me what they don’t like about me before I apply energy to thinking about what I can do differently or how I feel about it. I spend the rest of my energy on increasing my pool of knowledge and understanding.

    My question for you: Which do you find to be more tangible, a violation of someone’s feelings, or a violation of the law?

    Keeping in mind the first Q/A: What do you think society spends more time defending, how people feel or violation of the law in respect to the people’s rights?

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