Hello guys and girls,
|My dreams and aspirations to become an Olympic Swimmer|
Have you ever sat down and thought about every stereotype that you've seen, heard and made? It's a little daunting isn't it, how we easily categorize people based on such small assumptions about ethnicity, sexual preference, religion, class and gender. There is the average stereotype: that people in lower classes try less than higher class, that people from the East (Asia, India and neighboring islands) are naturally good at math etc. But there are others that we make unconsciously that hinder any change from happening. Have you ever looked at a homeless person and assumed that they were homeless because they spent all they're money on drugs and alcohol? Or that they were simply faking being homeless for some easy cash? The first meeting of the scholars was today and our first topic was changing the world by stopping the ideologies and stereotypes that stop change. I've made a deal with myself that when I see someone, anyone, I will neither assume or think anything negative about them. I challenge you all to do the same. When you are on the train and you see someone with clothes outside the norm, or someone with a disability don't assume anything. Smile and move on because life is to short to assume the worst in the people around you. Even in my first trip I opened my eyes to the injustices that I created with my assumptions. We need improvement but we stop ourselves with our own thoughts.
|Martin Luther King Jr.|
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
~Martin Luther King Jr.
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