The Deep Roots of Human Prejudice

Source: buzzfeed.com

Source: buzzfeed.com

The roots of human prejudice are so deep, and it is so pervasive, that it almost feels like second nature to man.

While it is widely believed that men are born free of prejudices, you would find it hard to believe just how naturally they come to us. It almost is the best, most suitable reasoning shortcut.

What if prejudice were an inseparable trait of an intelligent species? And if it isn’t. Why do people continue to indoctrinate their children with prejudiced ideas and undoubtedly have been doing so for centuries? And does prejudice go beyond nationalistic, ethnic, and religious boundaries? Apparently, it does.

What if prejudice is a problem that possibly cannot be separated from the act of thinking?

We are surely the only prejudiced species, or so we believe.

 

Is liberal education enough to get rid of prejudice?

Liberal education may or may not cure someone hellbent on antisemitism give up support for Nazism, for instance, but it certainly does improve the odds of minimizing that.

One way or the other, you would be shocked and surprised at how deep the roots of human prejudice go. It’s a huge challenge.

And is training for critical reasoning enough to get rid of our intrinsic, deeply embedded prejudice and biases? Even despite learning about all the logical fallacies, biases, and flaws?

 

Are we really free of prejudice when helping others escape it?

And do we really when we think that we have escaped it? Judging others for it?

 

So how deep are the roots of human prejudice?

Guess we’ll never know.

Take Morality Out

Artist: Eugene Delacroix (Source: lib-art.com)

The world seems to be exploding all over the place. There simply seems to be no rest, there always is news about something terrible from one remote corner of the globe and there is always something horrible happening in the other. Manmade bad news, I mean, to be precise.

But it was a different world altogether that you were told about, wasn’t it?

It was a different society that you were about to become a part of. It was a different set of values that your parents taught you and it was a completely different code of ethics and morality that you were supposed to follow at the end of the day.

However, what you find happening is completely different. As if there are different worlds existing within the only one that we know of holding life. As if there are different moral standards existing in them.

But that’s true. There are different worlds existing within the only one that we know of.

There are different, several moral standards existing in all of them. With serious consequences.

It all becomes a shock, incomprehensible, wickedness, evil, war, violence, crime, sin, murder, rape, genocide.

Everything seems to fall apart. It seems as if all that you have ever been told was a lie. And that is a fact. A fact of our world.

A world in which several different worlds exist, with several different moral standards.

A lot of things that are told to us about this world, and about this life, are nothing but blatant lies. All things you read in elementary school, all the imaginary ideals, all the myths of the ages and why you should try replicating their clearly senseless, idiotic and pointless impossible heroics, and how you are expected to behave when the other person clearly does not.

It has all been an effort to make human beings a civilized being out of what they really are and will always remain. Animals with destructive instincts and intellect to worsen the destruction and complicate their evolution. Tamed less unsuccessfully by some than others.

Well, even if it sounds most outrageous and ridiculous to you, try doing that. Take morality out of the equation for a moment and you will find that everything would seem to fit in place. You know, the missing piece of the puzzle.

There is no need to care for your neighbor. There is no need to care for people in the remote corners of the world, or even on the streets of your city.

No need to be bothered about genocide and mass murder of a different race, or even your own, as long as you are safe, surviving and thriving. Do not blink an eye on lust-starved men raping a defenseless woman, turn after turn, waiting. There is even no need to cry about the starving children of Africa. Let them starve. It will shorten their misery.

Besides, this explains a lot of other things. Explains why there is so much war, killing and violence around the world. Explains why there is rape, abuse and torture.

Explains why there are religion and politics, which are supposedly there to bring moral justice to the society and actually end up worsening everything.

Why not? They are but merely evolutionary tools. Why not?

Just take morality out for a moment and everything falls into place.

Everything becomes simple, that man is an intelligent animal which would get just about anything it wants by using just about any way possible. It’s just plain and simple.

If there is only one loaf of bread left in the whole world, what do you expect a hungry animal would do to react to it? And how would you expect it to respond to its fellow creatures or to any other creature which is about to pounce on the solitary produce of grain?

How would you react?

Well, probably you would have shared. Probably not.

I took morality out and a lot of things were better to understand.

A lot of things started making perfectly good sense.

Don’t listen to the lies your parents and schools tell you… too closely.

Source: © 1968 MGM/Stanley Kubrick

How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Wars

Source: Kubrick Estate

So you think wars are wrong, eh? Had your brain examined lately?

Well, obviously not everyone is unfortunate enough to have the company of people who think that wars are wrong and have their minds contaminated with the dangerous ideas of a hypothetical brand of peace and non-violence promoted by lunatics like Gandhi and ***** (name omitted for security reasons). The reason for that is the simple fact that wars are such an integral part of our lives that the very idea of a war protest seems highly absurd, and almost self-destructive.

Come to think of it for a second. This idea is against the very foundation of Civilization. It is contradictory to our lifestyle, and indeed to our interests. It is contradictory to the official state propaganda of all our lovely countries and the way we teach our children about the world. It is important for them to think that wars are important, unavoidable and urgently and regularly required for the maintenance of the attainable peace, to protect the civilized way of living, to keep people employed and to provide for the bread and butter of millions of families around the globe, not to mention our esteemed mentors.

If you think that wars are something which started in 1914, namely the “First “World War””, then you need to work a bit on your history (of course, you don’t). Wars have been there since time immemorial and according to careful estimations by anthropologists and evolutionary biologists, skirmishes had been taking place ever since the human kind learned to use tools, and of course, we are talking about weapons here.

The reason why you are reading these lines and why we have built this magnificent world of ours is due to wars. If you find that laughable, then you must not be seriously considering the fact that without wars it would not have been possible for the human race to reach this point in civilization and evolution and had it not been for wars, you would not have had the peace and tranquility of using a computer in your home with an internet connection.

You must at least support wars for the sake of your internet, if not anything else.

You must be having some idea about the supposedly barbaric ancient times. Apart from sanitation standards, the greatest horrors of those times were the ever impending attacks on their civilization centers. Human Civilization has reached the proud point when wars have been taken away from the Cities, namely Civilization Centers, as much as possible, other than what is necessary. But people in the ancient times did not have the luxuries that you enjoy living in your comfortable homes and contemplating over the cruelty of wars and violence. They lived it.

All the ancient kings and kingdoms, of all ethnicities, castes, religions, cults and geographic locations have been attacking others in order to supply for their people, and more importantly to the state machinery to ensure the security of the people and not to mention for the nation’s glory and that of the beloved mentor, namely the king or more aptly, the Leader. If you are naïve enough not to consider this true, you can go and try your hand at the strategy games your younger siblings and children have already mastered.

Who attacked who and who plundered what and killed how many is merely detail which you can make up for text books and make your children read to brew hatred against any particular group that you want. The wars always have such tremendous propaganda value. If you find one of your ancient heroes in the historical list provided by this seemingly carried-away and outrageous generalization, then I encourage you to quietly embrace this fact if you have not already rejected it.

And the kings and kingdoms, pardon me, the leaders, the republics and the remnants of kingdoms of our world are no exceptions. They too, have to carry out business, buy and sell weapons, fuel the industry, fuel the fuel, for protecting you and feeding you. They are serving you, so don’t you dare be ungrateful to them and criticize their actions for your lazy intellectualism and for feeding your Utopian ideals which are a product of your redundancy and decadence.

But you can change and again be a part of Civilization.

Don’t cry. Smile, laugh instead. Cheer for the wars.

If you don’t love wars, you are a traitor to humanity.