I realize this discussion is quite far in the past. Nevertheless, it did incite me to respond. It is only the lazy who will view the world that way. If I don't need to think about things, if I don't need to encounter challenges to my simple, preconceived notions, then my prejudices neatly describe the world. If, however, I actually do travel and get to meet other people of other cultures at a real level, then I am forced to realize that my prejudices don't work, that not everyone of a particular culture behave in one way, and that I and "my people" are not uniformly better than everyone else.
This business of overcoming stereotypes takes work. For me, it begins when I realize that the world is much more complex and more interesting than I had ever imagined; it continues when I meet people who I would have assumed that I was superior to, and yet discover strengths they have which are beyond my weaknesses.
I work with people who tend to have rather rigid and racist stereotypical views. When I talk with them, I realize that their worldview is shaped by very little actual contact with the world. In other words, they are in contact primarily with people just like them, which just reinforces their concepts.
I come from a nature spirituality tradition, which has no holy books. We view the world to be our scripture; perhaps we would all be better off to look to the holy in the world around us, that scripture and divine revelation which is being written anew every day.
Brightest blessings to all,
Hi Ron. Hope you are well.
The generality and stereotype that I think is most troubling is our determination to be, or to think, something is right. Being right always and only assures wrong. That is the only difference it makes. Because things can only be as they are it is a completely useless position. We can accept that things are as they are, proceed to do what is best, and abandon the failure of being right. It seems we prefer to imagine being right and continue to struggle with wrong. To me it seems a waste of time.
Thank you for initiating this question...My thought is that the list would be endless..
I believe the real issue is that ALL STEREOTYPE IS a form of murder...murder of the spirit. My dream is that everyone will stop and THINK before they roll out the carpet of discrimination,stereotype, and bigotry.
Larry, I loved your God quote. Some people seem to feel that the Ten Commandments only apply to others.
Unfortunately, too many people do not stop and think before they speak. They just want to express their opinion, regardless of its accuracy or of their being informed. Sweeping statements about cultural, racial or religious differences are just the tip of the iceburg. As you say, the list would be endless.