“When we identify one thing as unlike the others, we are dividing the world; we use our language to exclude, to distinguish -- to discriminate.”
-- Legal scholar Martha Minow
Indeed, we use what society and the media put out to determine who we like and don’t like. We put people in boxes. We get so carried away with what is dividing us that we create conflict and jealousy and hate.
Many still believe, for example, that there are certain things only boys can do and certain things only girls can do. If one gender does something not considered “normal,” then they are despised.
People in the LGBTQ community struggle with this despite gaining the freedom to marry one another.
No one is born hating each other. From birth, we are brainwashed by all these rules we are expected to follow, racial and sexual stereotypes we must conform to, class divisions we must uphold -- generation after generation.
I think that accepting someone’s differences is great. After all, that’s how we learn, grow, and better ourselves.
But it’ll take a long time for things to change.