Prejudice

I love every ethnicity we have in this world/country, but prejudice is never going away.  It will remain as long as humans are capable of having/creating seriously misguided ideas and beliefs, and then perpetuating those ideas/beliefs through subsequent generations.  But, pouring gasoline onto a fire that has already cost the world millions of lives is pointless and ignorant.  Prejudice comes in so many forms including, but not limited to, race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, mental illness, how much you weigh, what you look like, and etc.  The only way to change any of this is to change yourself, and the way you view the world. 

It is tough to be any kind of person in this world, but the toughest kind of person to be is an unconditionally loving, forgiving, and non-prejudice person.  I'm tired of people complaining about other people being prejudice.  Just because your form of prejudice isn't widespread, or mainstream, doesn't mean you aren't prejudiced.  It just means you've found some less controversial subject to be prejudiced about.  All that anger people are hanging onto doesn't only hurt them, but also serves to continue this vicious cycle of hatred and violence.  If you buy into that cycle for one second, you are part of the problem, and not the solution.

People are starving to death in third world countries across the globe.  They are dying from terrible diseases people in this country don't even have to bat a damn eyelash over, but you want to be pissed over some pointless, antiquated ideology?  Corporations are quietly buying up natural resources from people not educated enough to tell them to get lost, then sucking every last ounce of ground water from the land and reselling it to the people they just stole it from for a 53 million percent mark up.  Where is all the outrage over that?  I hope you enjoy that bottled water Nestlé’s is selling you, but just maybe you should be paying more attention to how they are procuring their product. 

Maybe we should spend more time worrying about these giant corporations destroying our environment.  Maybe you should pay attention to the fact that we aren't even considered a democracy anymore; we are now considered an oligarchy because guess who has the most influence over political policy?  It isn't the average American.

If you think the worse thing to happen in the last month was the shooting of an 18 year old in Ferguson, who, as it may turn out, isn’t as saintly as originally portrayed by the media, then you need a wake up call.  The media lies hourly.  Almost 300 innocent people died when their passenger plane was shot out of the sky.  But, I’ve heard that it doesn’t concern us, because it didn’t happen here.  And isn't that just another form of prejudice?  If it doesn't directly affect me, it doesn't matter.  Yeah, I think it is, but it is also the worst form of prejudice, because that means atrocities all over the world, and in your backyard, are being quietly swept under the rug.  It is the easy way out.  We are all guilty of seeing what we want to see, so am I.  Every single one of us is an important piece of this potentially great and amazing puzzle that is the human species, our problem comes when we place more value on certain pieces than on the whole puzzle.  

For those who try to argue that we can’t make a difference…that is a bullshit lie some of us like to tell ourselves so we don’t feel as guilty for not taking action or helping.  The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a perfect example of how we can help make the world a better place for other people if we unite in a cause.  Social media is making it extraordinarily easy for us to do these kinds of things for the world, but most of the time is it used for pointless nonsense and celebrity gossip.  Why does something have to entertain us in order for us to take action to solve a problem?  What is wrong with us?  How long are we going to let the bystander effect prevent us from helping someone other than ourselves?  Do you really think the world is going to get better if you just stand by watching and waiting for someone else to fix the problem?  I don’t.

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