Tuesday, April 15, 2014

decent human being

me:
If I never met a ***** I liked, does that make me a bigot, or does just saying it make me one?

my remarkable daughter:
If the knowledge that your experiences thus far have been bad ones, influences your future experiences with respect to mindset, prior to them happening, you are prejudiced.  If it affects your behavior, it's discrimination.  If you acknowledge that your experiences have been negative but simply due to individual interactions, you're neither.

It's natural to want to recognize patterns, especially concerning behavior and outcomes because it may have been evolutionarily useful in survival.  However, it can also be detrimental, especially in modern, diverse societies as well as completely false more often than not.  Awareness is normal, it's just important to be consciously challenging your logic.