How Surprising? Did I do that?

I was walking down a street yesterday, looking for a specific bank. I had already made several wrong turns and had to ask for directions. I saw a lady walking towards me; but I was scared to ask her, for she rocked and limped as she walked, as I do. Therefore I thought she may not be capable of directing me. Why? I concluded that she may be mentally disabled. How shocking! I was prejudging someone who was just like me!

Fortunately, I was able to push passed the ignorance in my head and force myself to ask the lady for directions. She happily gave me clear directions to exactly where I wanted to go.

However, what does it mean when prejudice is so ingrained in us, that we are unknowingly prejudiced against ourselves? A disabled person looks down on the disabled, the poor look down on the poor, one race looks down on itself, and so on.

There was a point in time when I thought that I was the exception. How foolish? The bottom line is that if I look down on one in my group, I am looking down on me too! All the misfortune I am bringing on them, I am bringing on me.

How do I change my thoughts, so that I can see myself as I truly am, be all that I am meant to be? Perhaps asking the question is the beginning.

2 thoughts on “How Surprising? Did I do that?”

  1. It was great that you wee able to process your negative thought s quickly and give the lady a chance. We all come with our prejudices and it’s hard for us to change. My muscles tighten everytime I hear a Caucasian person say ” I don’t see color.” How can a person not see color in this beautiful rainbow of persons ?

    1. I won”t take too much credit for my decision. Maybe I was pushed by the fact that there was no one else around. Would I have made the same choice if I had others to choose from? I am scared to answer that – I am just grateful that I did not have much choice. You are so right about colour and other visible differences. It is impossible not to see colour and also impossible not to harbour some form of prejudice. The key may be continuous awareness and processing of our thoughts.

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