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spk1121
spk1121
Steve K
Wed, Nov. 23rd, 2005 11:33 pm
Family Ties

While I was out driving a couple weeks ago, I saw a bumper sticker that said, "Hatred is not a family value."  It got me thinking that for most of history, this would be considered untrue.  Loyalty is to the family and/or tribe first in many cultures, no doubt.  One of the most famous plays ever written, Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, focused on the hatred between two particular families and it was applauded as a virtue by the characters until the very end.  It's just funny to think that until the last 50 years or so, even our country disapproved of "others" on a wide scale.  There is still more subtle exclusion, unfortunately.  However, I think most people would agree that such prejudices are not of any benefit and can actually be downright harmful.  Hopefully that's the case!

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yourmamachula
YourMamaChula
Thu, Nov. 24th, 2005 05:01 am (UTC)
hmmm

sometimes i'd take not-so-subtle over subtle...cause then the subtle hate gets condoned or excused away. I've experienced both VERY not-subtle prejudice and more institutionalized, "subtle" prejudice as well. I'll take the not subtle any day, because most people can recognize it as flagrantly wrong and are willing to stand against it.

Anyway. Have a happy day!


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spk1121
spk1121
Steve K
Thu, Nov. 24th, 2005 05:05 am (UTC)
Re: hmmm

Yeah, I suppose it's easier to break through a glass ceiling then a wire net. The latter looks thinner and like it would be easier to deal with, but you can either get wrapped up in it or pushed back regardless!

Don't you think it's interesting how what's "good" and virtuous can change? You could probably write an entire series of thesis papers on just that topic!


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ccopperpot
ccopperpot
Mike
Thu, Nov. 24th, 2005 06:26 am (UTC)
Re: hmmm

Don't you think it's interesting how what's "good" and virtuous can change? You could probably write an entire series of thesis papers on just that topic!

Or you could say that the world is not black and white and leave the theses to someone who needs to write some to graduate. ;)


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