Using ‘ism’ labels to discriminate is part of a propaganda machine used by groups to discredit in the entirety any person who doesn’t support the entirety of what a particular individual, group or nation does and/or supports. The easiest way to accomplish this is to place sweeping labels of prejudice, such as racism, sexism, ageism, anti-semitism, anti-vegetarianism, gayism, anti-patriotism, terrorism, elitism, cronyism, etc., onto the targeted individual, group or nation. As you see, an ‘ism’ doesn’t always denote a prejudice; sometimes you need to put an ‘anti’ in front of it. It’s all confusing, which is often the point. You don’t know if you’ve been called ‘for or against’ something. This strategy though effective in the short term pulls no long term weight. So for all of you who rush to apologize or go into rehab for social gaffes associated with prejudice, wait out your accuser.
- We all have prejudices, but thankfully for the survival of the planet (and the individual), within those prejudices are exceptions to our own prejudices. So for example, those who hate all white people will find some qualities or people within that race acceptable to them. Even those who hunt and eat their prey at every meal, while supporting all the prejudices against those with no voice nor vote, will have a dog, cat or bird for whom they would die.
- These little wedges built into our simplest and most complex prejudices keep the doors open to further growth. Of course if you separate yourself from everyone and everything that isn’t exactly like you, you’ll either die of loneliness or develop a prejudice against yourself, which could in the latter situation lead to the development of a wedge, if you value just one thing in yourself, which could open the door to growth once more. So there is hope, even for the most prejudiced among us.
- If you’ve ever wondered why anti-semitism is against the law worldwide, punishable by ruined reputations, careers, families, businesses, resulting in targeted assassinations, executed by the Jewish worldwide underground network, you’re not alone. However, anti-semitism is not a dislike of Jews or Arabs, but rather a dislike of Jewish and/or Arab practices. At least this is in accordance with Webster’s dictionary, where we can accurately assume the Jews defined themselves and the ’isms’ associated with them as well as their Arab brothers and sisters.
- We can probably safely say that most human on human prejudices toward groups are based on the practices of those groups, usually cultural in nature. Rather than punish those who criticize cultural practices with even more atrocious acts of discrimination, enslavement, torture and slaughter, the very existence and nature of some practices beg to be understood.