Sure, it would be great if we could treat each other the same; if we could look beyond race, religion, sexual preference, nationality, gender or any other item that seems to trigger discrimination against our fellow men and women...and see them as the individuals underneath. The thing about that is, that if we are going to treat everyone the same, we need to treat everyone the same.
Perhaps too often there is a rush to judgement in the situations we see around us.
Part of equality needs to be the understanding that good and bad is part of everyone. Before we swing the gavel and pronounce a judgement of racism, homophobia or chauvinistic behaviour on some social media video or water-cooler gossip, maybe we need to take a minute and make sure we have all the facts.
Indeed, we live in a time when discrimination and hate is alive and living amongst us. It scars humanity and tears at the hearts of those who work to make the community strong. That, unfortunately, is a piece of the human condition that must be accepted. What we need to ensure will never be accepted, is the assumption that discrimination is the only natural trigger of conflict between people.
Humanity is more than that.
Not every fight is about looking down on other races or lifestyles.
Hell, we fight because of lots of other things. We fight because of money. We fight because of sports. We fight because of property. We fight because of sex. We fight because of lack of sex. We fight because we are humans who are tired or scared, or because things are bad at home. Sometimes we just fight because we are dinks...but even the dimmest of us can acknowledge that prejudice is not the jumping-off point for every confrontation.
To consider prejudice as a normal reaction is to give prejudice the power to become the norm.
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