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Old 04-30-2007, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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I have noticed alot of posts here and will not get into religion, but when someone is talking about other cultures, how do we know what it is like- i.e. do we really know the difference between a Sunni and Shi'íte?? Does anyone care if there are differences?

Unless I have visited a country, or read up on it, I would not presume to comprehend all the factors- what has happened in some countries. I am just wondering what peoples thoughts and experiences are.
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Old 04-30-2007, 04:57 PM
 
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I think it's completely natural to form prejudices in this vast and complex world. We make assumptions every day in order to make it through the day. Because unlimited information is not at our immediate disposal, we are forced to make assumptions on people, religions, politics, other cultures, etc.

There's no sure fire way to insure one's assumptions are correct, so we just move blindly forward based on our life experiences. The only thing we forget to do is to eventually put those assumptions aside and let in new information. We are creatures of habit and we are not accustomed to having reality shift on us every few days.

A relative of mine met the Dalai Lama. He described his demeanor as childlike, open to all possibilities. Here, truly, was a man who lived in the moment, about as free from prejudice as anyone could be. This man had travelled the world and showed no evidence of forming judgments of that world. I aspire to achieve that level of consciousness, where prejudice doesn't cloud each moment's full experience and every second has real meaning.
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Old 04-30-2007, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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that would seem ideal- amazing if a person could be that way. Yes certain judgments are made, but IMO when people are killed, there is tragedy- then I think it is NEVER a case of black and white. There should be some balance.
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Old 05-01-2007, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Naples
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I agree that it's natural. Where it becomes a problem is when people start making assumptions and refuse to question their own perspective (like conservatives hating Muslims, for instance). Ignorace, in this case, isn't bliss. It leads to violence.
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Old 05-01-2007, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Lofty aspirations and wouldn't it be a far better... if we were without prejudice and could see one another as uniquely whole.

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I think it's completely natural to form prejudices in this vast and complex world. We make assumptions every day in order to make it through the day. Because unlimited information is not at our immediate disposal, we are forced to make assumptions on people, religions, politics, other cultures, etc.

There's no sure fire way to insure one's assumptions are correct, so we just move blindly forward based on our life experiences. The only thing we forget to do is to eventually put those assumptions aside and let in new information. We are creatures of habit and we are not accustomed to having reality shift on us every few days.

A relative of mine met the Dalai Lama. He described his demeanor as childlike, open to all possibilities. Here, truly, was a man who lived in the moment, about as free from prejudice as anyone could be. This man had travelled the world and showed no evidence of forming judgments of that world. I aspire to achieve that level of consciousness, where prejudice doesn't cloud each moment's full experience and every second has real meaning.
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Old 05-01-2007, 07:54 AM
 
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Acknowledged or not, everyone holds prejudices. For example even a relatively harmless preference of humans to look at attractive people. There have been studies that show that people (even parents) pay more attention to beautiful babies as opposed to average looking ones.
Yes, we should try to look at everyone as individuals, and I believe most of us try to be fair.
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