By Amine Bendriss
By Amine Bendriss
Morocco World News
January 8, 2012
Much can be said about human nature, but little can be believed as ultimate truth. Many have tried to puzzle out the mechanisms of the human psyche, with few concrete answers. However, some human tendencies are easily observed. For example, the inclination towards prejudice. Why do so many waste time categorizing others based on their own bias? These people satisfy their own egos by reducing people to their own narrow classifications.
The eyes of the prejudiced can distinguish only two colors: black and white. Rainbows for them exist only as black and white. They believe black and white and mainly black, are the only colors, and refuse to see the rainbow that ornaments the spectrum of life. They can’t see you in pink, yellow, red, or blue. They ignore the pluralism of human nature. So, for them:
To be a politician means you are fraud and liar, not trustworthy and honorable.
To be romantic means you are dreamy and a coward, not loving and a gentleman.
To be religious means you are dangerous, not loving and kind.
To make a mistake means you are faulty, not human.
To love the poetry of Mahmud Darwish and Nizzar Kabbani means you are disbeliever, without the right to hold Quran Al-Karim and read Surat Al-Kahf.
Either you are with the revolution or against it, not with it but doing it peacefully.
Either you love or you hate someone, you can’t love and still be critical.
Either you are globalist or localist, you can’t think globally and act locally.
These viewers in black and white are unable to accept different attitudes, views, and lifestyles. They can’t escape the dullness of their own lives, and instill the same narrowness in their children.
According to their own personal criteria, they classify:
The man who loves his wife and who doesn’t cheat, as submissive.
The employee strongly committed to his work as stupid.
The husband who protects his wife as old-fashioned.
The woman who works out of home as indecent.
The man who doesn’t wear famous brands as poor.
The teen who listens to rap as tasteless.
Either white or black. These people forget that their pronouncements are only value judgments. They forget that as a human, you can be white in the morning, orange in the afternoon, and yellow in the evening, or red or blue at night. You can spend the whole week in black, or be pink two days, or one day white.
So they can’t imagine you:
Reading Quran in the morning.
Reading poetry in the evening.
Watching a movie at night.
These reductive classifications prevent its beholders from making the effort to change themselves and the world they live in. Rays of hope cannot penetrate their gray lives, and the beauty of life embroidered with the colors of the rainbow passes them by.
Edited by Jasmine Davey
Amine Bendriss is a Morocco World News’ contributor.
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