Originally posted by immunoblot
Yeah... the prejudice does run deep in our collective mentalities... That is the problem... And so often, we don't even try to mask it.
And then we are also complain about political correctness (this is a universal trait; everybody complains about PC-ness, Martin does too: He says that in Sydney there will be no left-wing councils banning 'Baa-Baa Black Sheep'), we desis have mostly benefitted from the PC-West... and have made no efforts to correct our behaviour either at home, or abroad... instead by frowning upon it, we have found some sort of moral justification...
Sad part: Coming back to the book, the first page outlines Martin to have a conflict-ridden personality... So, disdainful of PC-ness; and yet so PC...
Would we desis be better at trying to emulate this attitude? At least by saying things that sound correct, can we somehow lessen the guilt of thinking/doing what is wrong?
I think deep down we all know where we are hurting someone's sentiments. It's a simple matter of putting ourselves in other people's shoes (not literally). If you won't like something that is said about you, then you shouldn't say the same about others. Most people though, make such statements in their full senses and with the purpose of spiting the other party. It's just how it is. It's a bit sad. Then people wonder why is their so little tolerance? Rather ironic, isn't it.
This is exactly why, I don't believe in extreme views (especially the negative). All humans are created by God. Yet, to date we make fun of people who may not resemble us. As a child, my mom would reprimand us for making fun of other people's facial features even. She says, God created that person a certain way. How could you even make fun of them. Yet, people don't think twice before painting other people in a negative way. Many of my friends are the same, but I mostly ignore them. If I reprimand them, then apparently, I am taking away their rights to 'freedom of speech'. It's a double edged sword, isn't it.