Tuesday morning, we’re approaching the half-way mark for the week.
This morning, my thoughts are directed towards the stereotypes that have infected our world.
In truth, this is a rather common occurrence. Ever since my mind has opened up on the subject of stereotypes, my thoughts have been directed to the topic quite a bit. I think it has to do with the fact that I used to, and still am unconsciously referencing and similarly using those false perceptions to mold my view of the world.
Those stereotypes are one of the reasons why many of us cannot open our minds more. It is no simple task to remove those false perceptions from one’s mind – our entire society, and everything in it is built from the ground up, with those false ideas. We cling onto these ideas, and thus they prevent us from moving forward.
I say ‘we’ because I am very guilty of living with stereotypes as much as anyone. I challenge what I used to take for granted far more in recent times, but that doesn’t stop me from slipping into the mindset of categorizing others into inaccurate groups and sometimes limiting what they can be to me.
The thing about stereotypes is that they are usually incorrect, when labelled onto a random person. Most people are far too complicated and with enough attributes as to be “more” than the stereotype.
How does this go hand in hand with writing? It has everything to do with it, actually.
Firstly, stereotypes live in the mind just as words do. That means that most everything that comes from the mind will be tinted with the views that one holds. That could mean actions, treating someone unfairly, or that could mean words, in the form of how one speaks to another, write to/about another, or even how one thinks about another (thoughts are words, remember). So as long you inexplicably have something against a certain kind of person, your very words will be slanted against them.
This leads me to another point. Who are authors or journalists, or even bloggers like me, to allow these stereotypes to conduct their work for others to see and in turn, allow for a false view on a matter?
For one, in the past, during times of obvious prejudice, for example in the sixties against Blacks/African Americans. They never did anything to incur the abuse that they received. Explain that to me.
That is, after all, where all these stereotypes begin, and again where corruption crops up – from people’s words. The Media is full of writers that are paid, and often enjoy, seeing the “bad” in people. Because what they write is widely read, and often seen as truth on this matter or that, so are the prejudice views against groups of people, or organizations and the like.
In my opinion, these people should be the first to open their minds, as they are at the forefront, and partial-creators, of a society that is ready/in desperate need of moving to the next level of consciousness.
So what I say to you today is for you to pay special attention to where these unjust assumptions of anything are made, and how many of them have creeped up into your life.
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