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Topics of judgements of society

I made a nice one about the subconscious racism of first impression.  ( i’ll summarize it at the end of this blog,  the video is too embarrassing for me to show X | ..  hewwew  )

If I’d make another one however,  here are some suggestions:

1- I’m Guilty ‘Till Proven Innocent.. not the other way!?!?

it talks about why should we take in consideration some unproven possibilities, if they had *influences* instate of *evidences*.  because we simply can’t define *fact* except as a scientific conclusion that resulted of observable, testable, repeatable, and falsifiable experiment.

We don’t really have a reference guide to decide if something different is wrong unless if it was wrong scientifically; being weird doesn’t apply.   being wrong scientifically means that behavior explained and reached a wrong conclusion that violates the observation of the scientific experiment:  example:

someone’s behavior is so scared of scissors,  he has an issue with them, he cries once he sees a scissor,  that’s because he saw someone got his fingers cut by it.   According to him: he knows information about this phenomenon that we don’t know.  Therefore, his conclusion is different.

well, this guy is wrong, rather than weird.  because scientifically: the pressure property of an edge of a regular scissor is not really that sharp against a hand skin let’s say.  In fact, you have to apply extra pressure against your finger in order for your finger to be cut.

so: this guy’s conclusion is deviated from the correct scientific conclusion, and therefore : his behavior is “irrational”

Okay, in that logic, we only take into account scientific evidences.  In another case,  we would take circumstantial evidences.   and yet be rational.   because the truth of a fact doesn’t change whether you reached it scientifically, circumstantially, or was able to reach it in first place.  So,  if someone is innocent till proven guilty was not proven guilty that does not really mean he’s innocent.   Until, you find a piece of evidence that necessarily means he’s guilty => he’s not innocent, or an evidence that necessarily means he’s innocent => he’s not guilty.   that’s like:  if there’s no light => dark, no heat=> cold,  the absence of one necessarily implies the existence of the other <= we have to make sure this element is there.

We disagree on the type of evidences that we accept to take into consideration.  (example: we don’t disagree on proven scientific evidences, but disagree on what scales equality and fairness for a certain behavior, such as: who’s really getting hurt? who’s really getting benefit on whose expense?  and then does it reflect upon consciousness and awareness for those benefiting/or taken advantage of:  i.e.  are they aware of being hurt/ stolen/ taken advantage of?)

2-  Is opening up a mistake?

how every time you open up, it ends very badly and bad consequences on your head.  Were you opening up to the wrong person? Wrong time/place? Shared too many? Opening up is opening up, you shouldn’t draw any lines or underline things you won’t share;  it’s all everything, the way you want it out.  The core problem is when it comes to the interpretation of the receiver who you are opening to:  if he didn’t understand you well, he will think you’re suicidal for example and call the cops to your ass!

3-  emotional-vs.-physical sense of Time, what is it, I can’t feel it, but my life is  time – that I should use that period of time… etc  because it’s the unit that has our lives reaction occurring in.

vacation time is short,  hard times are long.  it’s: the unit which actions occur in =>  e.g. during sleep: no actions => no time.. think about hard times ?   think about actions vs reactions.  was there a change resulted of that action? no change = less time. once change happens = that’s a consuming frame of information   + think about what you feel when rate of time (speed of time) changes as a feeling of overall consumption of your life.

–  Negative unconscious racism:  results of living in a privileged system or stereotyped social communication:

how it passes unconsciously from higher hierarchy as help for other (classes, genders, bodies, colors, ethics, religious, groups, ..etc) to become more like ‘you’   Or as a skill of development or survival in social communication.

my solution: to start from within individuals, i.e. start from ourselves, and become what we carry of values despite what the privileged system forces on us. [ See the diagram below ] :

[ X ] represents (disabled, poor, female, colored, oppressed minorities of religious groups, sexual orientations, lower education classes, social/national/hierarchical given advantages …etc)

[ X ] represents (disabled, poor, female, colored, oppressed minorities of religious groups, sexual orientations, lower education classes, social/national/hierarchical given advantages …etc)

Explaining the picture diagram attached,  and how it was made:

On referral to what Allan Johnson said in his video lecture that in some systems we have no choice but to play its game, and sometimes we have no choice but to be in that system, too. So we can either play the game, or live with it, since the choice of ignoring the game just puts bigger probability for us to fall blindly into playing the game with its rules in total unawareness. However, we have the option to play the system’s rules after being aware of them. That understanding allows us to change ourselves first, and then making efforts into creating a better system.

McIntosh stated “For me, white privilege has turned out to be an elusive and fugitive subject. The pressure to avoid it is great, for in facing it I must give up the myth of meritocracy.”

McIntosh’s article carries suitable amount of definitions of forms of privileges given and played by systems, and explore reasons to encourage discovering them and growing awareness of how ignorance could contribute to enhancing injustice in treatment of other unprivileged classes of the system.

The quotation above from McIntosh’s reminds me of the activity that we did; That was when she had a list and made us take steps forward or backward according to our answers, then asked us to associate our impressions of the activity with emotions of anger or surprise. The guest mentioned beforehand her feelings of outrage when she started holding research and lectures on born-privilege advantages pointing to a conflict of gaining advantages of being white, and disadvantages from being homosexual raised in moderately middle-class area. Emotions of outrage happen when you place someone with values of equality and fairness out of his “box of privilege”; he will be fighting all what he was with all what he believed. We expect the next step to be him inflecting changes upon himself with what he has become aware of.

Simple example of angry-vs.-surprised reactions: bring a guy who grew up in one the poorest of third world countries that is full of war, disease and hunger, and make him realize all the disadvantages he had to live with, that could have resulted in negative outcomes in the education, heath, and life quality for his future. We don’t expect him to be angry after his realization of his crude past, but rather surprised that he got over all that himself. On the other hand, bring a high-class descendant of royal family member in a leading developed country, and make him realize the advantages and privileges he was born with. We expect his reaction to be understanding but could also be angry toward relating his success to his own efforts and achievements more than contributing it to pre-existent factors that led to the advantages he had over everyone else. Next, start to offer the African guy some privileges or forms of help just enough to make him equal with the rest of us. His reaction will be happy, very happy. That’s what I want from people to do, especially from the people who were born with privileges over others; to understand and deal with other set classes of society with fair and justice. Again, just like what McIntosh aimed for, to left everybody up, not to bring the ups down. Us, people who were born with privileged advantage, should be grateful and helpful and not angry toward categories that include big physical, social disadvantages to minor biological ones: the disabled, poor, female, colored, oppressed minorities of religious groups, sexual orientations, lower education classes…etc. We should eliminate the ugliness of greed and hate that would lead a rational-matured individual born with privileges to be angry and incorporate when we decide to share equality to everyone or at least not stay in their way if not make one for them.


2 responses

  1. Check this video :

    “Black People Think The World Owes Them Something”

    my response:

    I kind of respect the mexican racist here just because because he’s honest the least;

    Racism is stupid, but what’s more stupid is to deny if you were cynical about it.

    Those racists fucks who’re never aware of their racist discrimination.

    If we had more like this type of racism than the ignorant one, then there’ll be more hope for the world to better place over the time.

    December 9, 2011 at 18:25

  2. Pingback: (Disgusted, Dirty, and Angry) The Rejection Vibes of The Discriminated/Categorized « nasvn

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