Sunday, January 1

Prejudices: Part 1

I watched Crash the other day, a little over the top but it still made me think. Do I harbour any hidden biases on the basis of race (or any other trait for that matter)? Is it because my father often rants about the 'indians getting hand-outs' in Canada (he really is a great guy, but he has his political opinions), is it the fact that I was raised in a predominately middle-class, white environment, or maybe i'm just crazy. I started by googling racism (not to be confused with 'gizoogling'). I guess this is a topic I'll explore for a while; maybe I will reflect on some of these quotes.

"Education is the process of driving a set of prejudices down your throat."
--Martin Henry Fischer
"Most men, when they think they are thinking, are merely rearanging their prejudices."
-- Knute Rockne
(I am assuming that the above is refering to women as well but I could be wrong...)

"One may no more live in the world without picking up the moral prejudices of the world than one will be able to go to hell without perspiring."
-- H. L. Mencken

"The latter part of a wise person's life is occupied with curing the follies, prejudices and false opinions they contracted earlier."
-- Jonathan Swift

"I have no color prejudices nor caste prejudices nor creed prejudices. All I care to know is that a man is a human being, and that is enough for me; he can't be any worse. "
--Mark Twain
(I Just like the way he said this, we're all human and all fallen)

"Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them."
--Edward R. Murrow
(Some people think there is no changing our ways. I think on our own this is entirely true; we should still strive to be like Christ and he can change even our ingrained prejudices if he chooses)

One last quote, I think it especially means something being at University (slash being at Guelph) and hearing the noble proclamations of tolerance and acceptance.
"There are a lot of people who like to think they don't have prejudices and that they're open people, and yet, we all have that in ourselves, oftentimes against people of our own race or our own gender or whatever."
-- Jim McKay

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