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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %PREJUDICE RACIAL ETHNIC LANGUAGE SEXUAL INJUSTICE 940704 In racial prejudice, judgments are passed upon people of a minority race without respect for their individual histories and differences. The same goes for religious, ethnic, linguistic, sexual and other forms of prejudice. All forms of prejudice entail injustice and the violation of personal integrity---and so entail violence. Prejudice is mot likely to be expressed by people who are insecure and feel threatened by differences --- by the absence of what they regard as comforting conformity. For them non-conformity and the absence of a conformal consensus is threatening, and engenders insecurity and defensive behaviors; e.g., prejudicial behaviors. People are often insecure regarding sexual expressions of desires, feelings and affection. Thus, there are often occasions of prejudice where differences regarding persons and their histories are ignored, and judgments are made without respect for such differences. Insecure people often seek security in simplicity and in deep conviction that their trust in simplicity is justified. Trust in simplicity often leads to dichotomous judgments, characterized by "either/or," "yes/no," "right/wrong," "moral/immoral," "good/evil," etc. Such simplicity may be comforting to simple-minded people who fear ambiguity---but it often leads to alienation, coercion, manipulations, violence, resentment and overall disintegration. When insecure people seek to deal with complex reflexive relationships in simple ways they are often unable to respond to complexity in wise ways. Thus there has been much alienation, coercion, manipulation, violence, resentment and overall disintegration related to intimate relationships which involve human sexuality. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================