Damien on… A Simple Truism
In the six years (wow, really?) I have been writing these columns, I have touched several times on “-isms” – racism, sexism and others.
But I believe all of these issues can be SUMMED UP quite simply – so here goes…
The factors that go to make up a human fall into two distinct groups.
Group One consists of – but is not limited to: age, race, nationality, colour, socio-economic background, IQ, sex, sexual orientation, height and disabilities.
While Group Two consists of – but is not limited to: creed, political orientation, values, tastes (music, clothes, food, etc.) lifestyle, goals, hobbies and habits.
And while it is DESPICABLE to criticise, belittle or attack someone over factors in Group One – it is ACCEPTABLE, over factors in Group Two.
The reason being that Group One’s factors are aspects of a person which they CANNOT CHANGE. They are BORN with them.
However, the factors in Group Two are all learned and developed, during a person’s lifetime. And they CAN CHANGE them.
Thus if you believe a person’s politics, values, religion or lifestyle is pants – by all means criticise, belittle or attack (verbally, of course) them.
But if you have issues with their race, colour, sexual orientation or IQ – KEEP THEM TO YOURSELF.