prejudecataArticol scris de A.S. – CNET | IMPULS, nr. 2

People have the habit of categorizing everything. It is the way our brain works. We can only truly understand something if we classify it. However this habit of ours is actually based on prejudice. Prejudice comes in various shapes and forms, from the innocent stereotyped beliefs that all those who prefer rock music are rebellions spirits, to the more serious discriminations such as racism, sexism or anti-Semitism.

            Historically speaking prejudice has been the cause of various events one of the most significant has been the genocide that Hitler caused in World War Two, which was based on the hatred the world kept against Jewish people. It all started with one, very unfit, person put in a position of power. It was, above all, a personal battle based on prejudice, “Mein Kampf”, my war, as Hitler declared it. The Final Solution killed six million Jews. Why? Because Nazis had the preconception that one human race, the Aryans, was above all others.

            Prejudice is found in Education, just as much as it is in History. Girls are supposed to be drawn towards Literature, foreign languages, Psychology, Philosophy and essentially everything that is on the more sensitive side of things. On the other hand, boys should love Sciences, Math and all that is rational or practical. On some level, we all share these beliefs but that doesn’t mean they are justified. If we are to analyze them, they came from a background of sexism.

            From a social point of view, prejudice is a part of our lives, it being the thing that divides us into groups or classes. Everybody must fit into a category. Whether the division is made by religious considerations, by those of occupation or by any others, it is always present. We are reticent toward befriending someone who doesn’t shares our interests, because we fail to understand them. This failure comes from prejudice, from our own faulty thinking. As a career woman, one will not be able to understand the choices of stay-at-home mom, and will often misjudge her for a person lacking ambition. The two, will probably never befriend, although they might have more in common than meets the eye. Their passion is just as present, only the placement of it differs.

            Prejudice is a part of the way we think, it is a coping mechanism that helps us grasp the meaning of the world, but, at the same time, it is what prevents us from connecting with others. We feel profound anger when submitted to prejudice or discrimination but maybe unconsciously, we do the same. The question that remains to be answered is “who are we to judge those who judge us?”