Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Bias

  I won’t claim to be completely free of the bias and intolerance marring present day human society. It’s impossible to grow up in such a rather dismal place without being damaged by it in some way or another. But I have worked hard since I became conscious of such things to remove them from my thoughts and imposed automatic responses.
  It’s an ongoing, never-ending process, thousands of big and small notions and sneaky impositions to deal with and confront.
  Sadly, most people today, so willingly fucked up practically embrace their bias, encourage it in themselves and others at every turn.
  I and others attempt, at least to liberate ourselves from the imposed narrow reality of our birth, adolescence and adulthood. We don’t react with fear and distrust confronted with the unknown. We are not easy buttons to push when a new, suggestive headline encourages a given population to attack immigrants and people with a different skin color or culture and outcasts in a given society in general. Single mothers and impoverished people, for instance are still objects of choice when those in charge need someone to blame.
  Use buzzwords like God and country, for instance, and people fall in line without resistance.

  It still feels shocking and ridiculous to me how much prejudice there is, how easily most people are played, becoming an eager tool in their own oppression.

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