Pride and Prejudice
We all know how ugly racism is. But I want to take you to another front. One that’s related but widely accepted. Yet it too is as ugly as the other. It’s prejudice of class.
Australians have a reputation for being egalitarian. We don’t care where you’ve been so much as where you are going. At least, that’s the idea.
For we Aussies have class prejudices too. It’s just that we don’t take them nearly as seriously as most other cultures.
I have to admit I find my stomach turns when I see people treating others as inferior through class prejudice. It’s wrong, and more than that, it’s disgustingly ugly.
This morning, when I clicked a link on a health site, it took me to a supposedly renowned cardiologist’s site in Florida. Automatically it started a slideshow of how qualified this fellow was, how all the famous people go to him (yawn), and yet, how he still gives time to see common people. It was excruciating to view and at that point I clicked away. But I have no doubt many would read his promotional flannel and think “what a wonderful man”.
To me, the take home message was class and an innate statement of prejudice. That this kind of mindset is so entrenched tells you how far we have to go to break out of inequality. For all of us, rich or poor, are indeed equal in value.
Big people (the real ones) relate equality to everyone. They don’t boast about their abilities and fame because they see beyond such pretension. Instead, they know we are all flesh, spirit, and some degree of consciousness.
The greatest folk exude a common touch and class prejudice isn’t in their repertoire. While, those who try to arrogantly stand above others stumble in judgment, personal ignorance, and embarrassing vanity.
So the homeless man you see in the street is your equal, at least in humanity. The doorman, janitor, and factory worker stand level with company chair people, politicians, the wealthy, and celebrities. Despite what we assume, it’s merely prejudice that rates people’s worth by hierarchy.
Like racist and sexist ways, broader social prejudice is objectionable and speaks of similar small mindedness. When society thinks bigger we reach a more enlightened conclusion. We are equal yet different. Not more valuable or less, but of equivalent worth. We all (you and I included) are as good and as bad as everyone else who has ever lived. And whatever we own or don’t, that is enough.
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