In response to the Daily Post’s prompt “Eighth Sin”
Remember the seven cardinal sins? You’re given the serious task of adding a new one to the list — another trait or behavior you find particularly unacceptable, for whatever reason. What’s sin #8 for you? Why?
7 Cardinal Sins: Gluttony, Pride, Greed, Sloth, Lust, Wrath, Envy
8th Sin: Discrimination
People are very quick to judge each other based solely on their race, ethnicity, religion, political views, gender…etc. It’s very easy to find the differences in people, because we are meant to be different. But what takes effort, effort which some are unwilling to put, is find similarities between the different. In a world of human rights laws and anti-racism agendas, discrimination is still alive and rampant. In fact, it is often practiced by the same legislators that are suppose to fight against it. It is very easy to preach equality and fairness, but how many people actually live by those values and how many feel an obligation to enforce them.
I think discrimination is good. If we all go along with everybody and we all tolerate everything it means everything goes. Might as well tolerate racist, muslim terrorist, child molesters, porn movies that kids can see, I can go on forever. So if you discriminate it means to me, that you have your own judgement, that you will stand up for what you think is right and not shut down because is politically incorrect. I might add that most people that talk about descrimination tend to be the most that descriminate. They do have this sense of higher moral value, so if they feel you contradict their high moral standards then you will become a target for them and they will shut you down, or at least they can try. I´ll smack them with a snack in my hand. Don´t have much tolerance for those types. To which I descriminate. Since if I don´t agree with them I´m the worst of the worst so obviously you have to shut them down, no free speech. That´s what I see in the majority of this so called tolerant people, or in my opinion hypocrites.
Plus is a contradiction to find similarities between the differences, how´s that posible? Is like when Obama said “we are leading from behind”, I still have to figure that one out. Just word game with no substance.
Just my humble thought.
There’s a huge difference between discrimination and tolerating immoral and murderous acts. Discrimination means irrational exclusion. Terrorists and child molesters need to be imprisoned, because they are simply criminals. Crime should never be tolerated or mocked.
Also its very easy to say that discrimination is necessary, when you have never been subject to it, however it has resulted in wars, and millions of deaths. So I find it cavalier that you would condone such behavior and belittle it’s effect on history and current political events, therefore I stand by my post whole-heartedly. Discrimination is a sin.
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B, I was planning to respond to this prompt having read this your post I feel there is no need for me to respond because your post reflects my thoughts on what we may ‘term’ the eigth sin. what annoys me most is when people think because of your race and the history of your country you are not capable of being an oustanding person. Long ago when foreigners first set foot in the African continent yes things were back wards but the contrinent and its people has moved on. The continent is no longer as ‘dark as they perceived it to be back then’ I wish people can get it in their minds that we are not damn. Thank you for this brilliant post.
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Thank you for your insightful comment. It is a common misperception that people from particular parts of the world are considered ignorant, while in reality it is the accusers that are misinformed and ignorant.
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Baheya, I think you just suggested that black people are considered ignorant. Encounters mentioned nothing about ignorance. The fact that people keep trying to bring up discrimination only further perpetuates it. Stereotypes exist for a reason and it is sad how many victims of discrimination willingly placed themselves in that position by fulfilling the negative stereotypes that surround their race. Encounters made a great point that any person of any race is capable of being an outstanding person. We all need to hold each other to a high standard. Race should not even be discussed unless both parties are willing to speak scientifically. Nothing is backwards about tribes that live at one with the Earth, no matter how barbaric their customs are perceived. When we start talking strictly from observation and stop being so concerned with political correctness, the world will progress. The Europeans have entered Africa and raped the people and the continent’s natural resources. Africans sold and continue to sell their own people into slavery or compromised conditions. Most races are guilty of this. Encounters, I recommend you work on your grammar; Otherwise, you will subject yourself to a stereotype. Africa is the heart of the world and the native people there are not responsible for its destruction. I and I. One love. I hope someone learned something from this.
Anthony, you misunderstood my comment. I wasn’t singling Africans out and I don’t believe they are backward or ignorant. I was referring to people who are ignotant of other people’s cultures and are therefore quick to judge them.
As for the issue of discrimination itself, unfortunately it is still very real and is even aggrivated by legislators in some parts of the world. Bear in mind that I’m not specifying a particular race, religion or ethnic group and am speaking in very general terms.
There are also some daily tasks that are effected by non-violent and non-racial discrimination, which people are unaware of. Because demeaning a person is a form of discrimination, even if it has nothing to do with their racial, ethnic, cultural or religious background. Even though it generally does, but not because of blind hate, because of politics: the real and undisputed reason behind all forms of discrimination.
Just so we’re clear, I pasted this, compliments of google.
1. the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.
2. recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another.
3. the selection of a signal having a required characteristic, such as frequency or amplitude, by means of a discriminator that rejects all unwanted signals.”
As cited from above, some people approach and understand discrimination differently, which can lead to discord. I think charlypriest was basing his beliefs on definition number 2. I tend to follow number 2 also because I’m not racist or sexist or a bigot whatsoever.
If you’re referring to discrimination based on performance then I have to agree with the powers to be. Tests were designed for a reason. When I see unqualified persons receiving nursing licenses because they are a “minority” it makes me wonder, how far will this “equality” bs go? I speak from experience in my particular demographic. If we generalize everything, progress will not occur. If you’re generalizing how each person should see everyone as equals, well that doesn’t really work either. Specifics have to be addressed in order to solve problems and most times the facts are offensive. This is why local government is so important. This is why the constitutional rights are so important. Everyone trying to rely on the big (federal or world) government to make things fair will not give great results. Governments kill more people than any deadly disease has to date, fact.
I don’t know where you are from but I like your concern for the world and fairness. I just don’t believe the world will be fixed with generalizing problems. I wish it were that easy. I wish people would just love one another and offer a service to their community. You have to realize that there are people who refuse to work and refuse to provide a service to others. If the number of people being serviced far outnumbers the people providing services, where does that lead us? Yes, I’m referring to welfare and sloth in general.
Which brings me to an awesome point, sloth is a terrible sin, worse than discrimination definition number 1. Nothing more needs to be created in order to categorize sin. I think the holy works to date have summed everything up quite well.
I end with a quote: “Seek to make your life long and of service to your people.” – Tecumseh
Speaking to the audience: Who are your people? Who decides who your people are? Shouldn’t we as individuals decide who, what, when and how we want to service others? Don’t we have the right to discriminate, to make choices as long as we are not directly hurting others? Common law is not common anymore. I suggest we all read up about it and research true liberty. Libertarian values are the best political option at this point.
One love. One truth. One God.