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prejudice vs. enlightenment

Updated: Jun 29, 2019

Prejudice is a reactive mechanism.

It is usually associated with emotion and generally quite a bit of it at that. We experience our own prejudice when we see a stranger on the street who looks different from the people we normally see. It happens to us when we are reading an acquaintance's opinion piece on Facebook that upsets us. We feel it when our assumptions of our friends and coworkers turn out to be incorrect.

Prejudice is an indicator of the social climate and level of exposure and education a person has had in a lifetime. It is also a survival technique for the monkey brain. Every day we must take in the information the world gives us, assemble the pieces in a way we can process, and then our brains have to discriminate between what is dangerous, confusing, safe, familiar, etc., and make a plan of how to react to it. It is a simple and effective plan to fear new and confusing things and choose to avoid or fight them. That is our animal way, and it has provided for the survival of our species for the last 200,000 or so years.

Thanks primarily to technological advents over all of those years, we have the opportunity to delve into enlightenment. We aren't being chased by giant predators, we can produce our own food, we have shelter and protection, and we have time to tell our stories and work on who we are as people. The universe is always giving us signals that we can tap into deeper thought and understanding of the world, and we have more of a chance than ever to run with it.

An evolved individual has trained out reaction because she has elevated her mind from survival.

If you react, you have prejudice.

[did that make you react?]

Want to know if you’re an elevated thinker, or better still, an enlightened thinker?

You don’t react.

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