To prejudge or not, that is the question

My wife sent me a link to this video prank a while back.  I think it goes beyond just a mere prank and shows more about how we interact with each other.  The group’s name is Linkin’ Bridge, and they have their own Facebook page for those interested in their music.

By instinct, we all tend to fear the unknown.  When we don’t interact with each other, we tend to fear those we don’t interact with.  It doesn’t matter whether the group is Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, Muslim, Jewish, rich, poor, or whatever other demographic group you wish to put there.  It’s natural and a hard instinct to overcome without working hard to override it.

Maybe, just maybe, people will see these videos and realize there’s more to people than what we see on the outside.  Until you know what’s under that visible layer, you don’t know if a person is a friend or foe, harmless or a threat.  If we treat everyone as a threat, then we end up running the risk of actually turning them into a threat by alienating them.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Festivus, Happy Kwanza, or Happy Holidays to whatever holiday you celebrate.  If you don’t celebrate any, then have a great day and I wish all the best of what’s left of this year and all of next year as well.

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5 thoughts on “To prejudge or not, that is the question

  1. That was wonderful. Lots of good lessons in that. When I was a young teen I read a short story about an area hit by a torturer/murderer. Woman got picked up by a guy who looked like a movie star heartthrob, then an ugly dirty street person who knew the situation tried to get the woman away from the guy. Woman, of course, clung to the nice looking guy and ignored what he said. Of course, the story ended horribly for the woman. Big, big impression early on about not judging and stereotyping by external appearances.

    I trust your family had a wonderful Christmas. It’s great when there are little kids involved. It’s a whole different kind of magic.

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