Prejudice

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Those who are possessed with a prejudice are possessed with a devil, and one of the worst kinds of devils, for it shuts out the truth, and often leads to ruinous error.
Whether or not there is a biological root to prejudice, as evolutionary psychologists would expect, is unknown; it is clear that prejudice occurs between biologically similar people who hold different beliefs
For the most part, we tend to think of prejudice in terms of race, culture, or religion, but the word has much deeper significance than just the dislike of people with different skin colors or religious practices than us. The term itself refers to a "pre-judgment," or judging a person or culture or object before one knows anything about it on an individual level. It's a judgment made with really no knowledge at all about the individual or culture; thus, it's a judgment made in ignorance.
Most people who tend towards prejudiced judgments make their decisions based on incomplete knowledge, or they generalize a great deal. There is no doubt that prejudice is easy. Developing a prejudiced perspective of the world makes virtually everything black and white, with no room at all for shades of grey.
Prejudice in some ways is a form of mental and emotional laziness, and in other ways it's a huge barrier that people use to hide behind, trying to eliminate threats to their feelings of safety and well being. At its most basic, prejudice is our willingness to believe bad about others without finding out the truth.
The way to battle prejudice--in us and in others--is simple. We must educate ourselves as to the true nature of all people. Individuals do not accurately represent any racial, religious, or cultural group, and we're taking the easy and lazy way out if we allow ourselves to define others by the actions of very few.
Prejudice is the conjuror of imaginary wrongs,…...

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