As I wrote recently, many of us are unconsciously prejudiced against some other types of people.We may be able to discover this by accident as when we have never had a black doctor when we do see one we may catch ourselves wondering if they are any good.
It is painful to find these things out when our self image is of a “good” person.I read it is not easy to change these prejudices.However by becoming aware of them we can stop ourselves acting on them using our will power.I feel now that Confession in the church was misinterpreted.Just confessing sins may not change much.It’s discovering our “sins” which is is hard.
Of course some of us may discover such things and not care especially if our friends also have these habits.We may be fully conscious of this but be unwilling to change.Or we wrongly believe that women or Jews or black people really are inferior to white men.Now many of us fear Muslims we are inclined to lump them all together and condemn them.Ironically I have been invited at Xmas by a Muslim and a Jew but not as yet by a Christian nor an atheist.
When we become aware of our mistaken subconscious harmful beliefs we have a chance of reining them in.If we can’t or won’t we may harm others seriously.As we look at history we can see this.At one time ,in the USA, it was legal to shoot native Red Indians [as we called them when I was little]
In other words it is easy for human beings to see a different ethnic group as sub-human.This is how the Nazis operated against the Jews in the 1930’s.Once that happens then you can easily kill them like you would a wild animal.. we had rat poison here last winter.We only had one!I’d prefer not to kill them but they are bad for our health and can also gnaw the plastic on electric wiring… we had that!!