Discrimination is a very serious problem for the contemporary society. People do discriminate against each other whether their actions are intentional or happen due to the lack of knowledge or intricate sociological triggers as well as societal delusions and personal ignorance. One might easily state that this is the way we are, that our mentality makes us judge other people, compare them to ourselves or our ideal model of a human being. The complexity of the problem overwhelms and to start fighting against discrimination, it is essential to determine how discriminating misconceptions are developed in our mind and promoted by the society. It is also important to understand the different types of discrimination that exist, as well as their effects on the people’s lives.
Discrimination is everywhere. We judge other people because of their social status, ethnicity, gender, and way of behavior or their specific worldview. Surely enough, we are also judged by others according to the same criteria. The question arises whether this is a typical model of a human’s behavior, pre-programmed by the very nature or, maybe, some stereotypes and prejudices are just intentionally imposed by the society we live in. I strongly believe that the second statement is true as the main reason we start discriminating other people is that they look, act, think and speak differently. They do not basically belong to the same societal group and we experience some feeling of their segregation or even some kind of absolutely unjustified superiority over them. People are highly prejudiced and most of them do not like to accept differences as it is much more convenient to live in a comfortable world surrounded by people with the same beliefs, colour of skin, social status while showing utmost contempt for people who do not fit in with the same category even though those individuals might be 10 times smarter than you are or have some outstanding talents or achievements you could never dream of.
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