The Daily Post- The Eighth Sin, prompt by Ben Huberman
seven cardinal sins are pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth.
The 8th sin in my opinion is prejudice.
We all are very quick to make opinion about other people based on their color, caste and creed, religion, culture or country, without actually giving it a try to understand what they really stand for.
We start criticizing them without knowing fully their environment, difficulties they have to face and social structure of their country.
Sometimes prejudice is based on one’s experience.When someone cheats us or hurts us we take it as whole community of that person is of cheater or bad.
We fail to understand that there may be reasons for that person to behave in faulty manner, may be his own upbringing or any cause but we can’t put label on his/her whole community.
One interesting aspect of human nature is
“If we were to wake up some morning and find that everyone was the same race, creed and color, we would find some other causes for prejudice by noon.” ~George Aiken
Here are some quotes about prejudice to make my point clear.
“Prejudice is the child of ignorance”~ Willam Hazlitt
“We are each burdened with prejudice; against the poor or the rich, the smart or the slow, the gaunt or the obese. It is natural to develop prejudices. It is noble to rise above them.” ~Author Unknown
“Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.” ~Merry Browne
“Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart.” ~Countess of Blessington
“Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike. “~Oscar Wilde
“Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.” ~Wayne W. Dyer
“Scout,” said Atticus, “nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don’t mean anything—like snot-nose. It’s hard to explain—ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody’s favoring Negroes over and above themselves. It’s slipped into usage with some people like ourselves, when they want a common, ugly term to label somebody.”
“You aren’t really a nigger-lover, then, are you?”
“I certainly am. I do my best to love everybody… I’m hard put, sometimes—baby, it’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.” (11.107-109)
~ Harper Lee in’To kill a Mockingbird.’