Saturday, April 5, 2014

Discrimination

We are always and forever hearing about one type of discrimination or another.  And we should hear about them, because they have always been a problem.  From race relations to sexuality to disability, the world is abuzz with efforts to rectify things.

But the world never attempts to rectify the most obvious problems.  If a person of color is discriminated against that's a problem.  But apparently it isn't a problem if the less attractive woman doesn't get the best paying job because she is less attractive.  Let's face it, if you are not very physically attractive, you will have more doors closed in your face than if you are attractive.  And this applies whether you are black or white, gay or straight.  That this is a problem is not surprising.  What's surprising is that it is perfectly condoned by society.  You don't see campaigns to promote equality for the aesthetically challenged.  And yet the slightest infraction of someone's rights based on race or sexuality and the news squad gets called to the scene.  The absurdity of this never fails to arrest me.

Another problem is intelligence.  I mean, I realize companies have to hire people who can do the work.  But would it be too much to ask if the less intelligent get treated with respect and empathy.  It is, after all, one of those things that can't be helped--at least in part.  There is no level playing field, and inequality is not going away, but if we start seeing individuals rather than groups we can go much farther.  Compassion for all is the answer.  Try to put yourself in someone else's place.  And maybe you can try to be patient, because the world isn't.

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