Prejudice and Food for Thought

Heather Kobler

I was taught (by illustration) that prejudice was somebody else’s leftover garbage and it stinks! If you are prejudice towards another ethnic or religious group, there is more than a good possibility that someone passed on that bias to you and it wasn’t a gift, it was a curse.

We all have likes and dislikes, but we are more alike than we are different. It is our perception of each other that is important. If you can’t or won’t listen to another’s point of view because of their religion or color, you are limiting yourself. If you come to the table with a bias and do not listen to someone else’s opinion, you would not be giving each other a chance to understand someone else’s prospective.

Geography and climate are what create the color of our skin. Underneath we are all the same and some of our parts are interchangeable. The placement of our eyes, nose, and our ears are a direct result of the part of the globe where our ancestor’s lived. In order to enjoy our lives to the fullest, we all need to eat, work, play and love. And, it is much easier to embrace people then to discriminate against them for any reason.

In a natural disaster, people come together and act like a team to achieve a common goal. Think of the people throughout history who risked their lives to help others. Ask yourself this question:  If your neighbor’s house was on fire, would you let it burn or put out the fire?  How you answer this makes a statement about you.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

When the power of love overcomes the love of power,
The world will know peace.
~ Jimi Hendrix

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
~ Mohandas Gandhi

Emancipate yourselves from metal slavery,
None but ourselves can free our minds.
~ Bob Marley

You don’t get to choose how you are going to die or when.
You can only decide how you’re going to live.
~Joan Baez

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