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Yesterday morning I was waiting outside my house for my relative to pick me up for a family function. While I was walking to and fro the porch impatiently for my 45 minutes late relative, I was surprised by a person who started his job as early as 6:30 in the morning. He was carrying a long jute bag on his right shoulder to collect waste papers, empty bottles and used plastic etc., wearing a green and white combo dirty Lungi (dhothy) which was folded and tied to ease his pace of walking. On top, he was wearing a shirt which was very dirty that I couldn’t identify the original colour and it was torn on various places. He was walking in bare foot. I also saw a dog that is living in our street for a while now without a particular master, chasing him, maintaining a decent distance. When the distance got reduced, the man stopped walking, bent down and feigned picking up a stone. Now the dog went two steps back and stopped there but still was barking. He continued his work and left the scene. Next came a well dressed person whom I think is trying to catch a bus for his work. He was walking very fast wearing a blue striped well ironed shirt tucked in a khaki pant with shining black shoe. This dog, which was resting a bit after a tiring short session with our previous visitor, lifted his head and looked at the man and he went to his original position letting him go without any hassle. I was wondering do dogs discriminate?
When I saw this incident I was thinking on the status of all discriminations that we have. By discrimination I mean the partial behavior that we show to a category of people for some specific reasons. Though we can see more traces still left, I think we took enough measures and overcome fair amount off discriminations in the area of, cast, religion, gender etc. But I feel there are more hidden discriminations that we practice in our day today life which I thought of sharing with you.
Have you ever seen the fairness cream advertisements? They say white is beautiful and black is unwanted. Don’t you think that is result of the colour discrimination that we carried from all these decades?
If someone seems to getting closer with our beloved ones, we instantly start developing loathe towards them. Isn’t this discrimination based on prejudice?
Have you ever noticed the difference in the way people deal with their subordinates and superiors. Can we call this as discrimination based on status? I don’t mean the defenses that people use to avoid others taking advantage of their position. I mean hearty partiality that they show.
Will you allow me to boldly call patriotism a discrimination against origin of people? We can agree patriotism as long as it unites people and boosts them to work as a team. But when it is used to develop hatred towards other country men I can’t agree this. I would prefer humanity over patriotism. Can we call this as discrimination based on origin?
We can see this sort of behavior even among friends and relatives. The society discriminates criminals and transgender. We call our long forefathers, barbarians and not cultured or civilized because they indulged in slavery, legal racism, cruel punishments and war etc. If you see the above details I think we are far from calling ourselves civilized and cultured, unless we leave away all the discriminations that we have in our bottom of the heart.
I think discrimination exists because of the fear that we would lose something that we don’t deserve. I am no saint to say all the ways of overcoming such fear. I am no liar to say I overcame this by forgiving all those who have done nasty things to me. I do have my own hatreds and anger. I discriminate people based on honesty and religion. Yes, I hate dishonest people. I hate money fetish people as I mentioned in my previous post. I hate separatists based on religion or cast or race.
I am not here to decide what is right discrimination or wrong discrimination. Whether it is right or wrong, these discriminations only gave me pain. By hating people I only gained peace less mindset. Either I should destroy my enemies or I should accept them. Destroying is completely out of question as if I start doing that then I have to do this for my whole life. I am only left with the second option, accepting them. But alas, I don’t know how to love them with all their flaws. That’s my next assignment and hope I would learn fast.
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