Patterns of Social Inequality and Exclusion

Patterns of Social Inequality and Exclusion

Question

How would you distinguish prejudice from other kinds of opinion or belief?

Answer

Distriction between opinion or belief

Opinion or belief

(i) opinion or belief is formed on the basis of things seen and experienced.

(ii) Brahmans are believed to be superior as practically, it is seen that they are honoured by the society.

(iii) Opinion or beliefs are changeable and amenable when red-proofs for any subject/thing/ topic are produced or by virtue of introspection really comes out.

(iv) Formantion of belief has a certain process and it accepts persons or things after prolong investigation and observation.

Prejudice :

(i) It is pre-judgement without any familiarity with the subject / thing.

(ii) Seeing a man in Dhoti and Tilak and just understanding him a Brahmin is prejudice. He may be a Ksatriya or Vaisya also or even a Chinese too.

(iii) Prejudices being pre-conceived views based on hearsay are neither amenable nor introspection is done to understand reality.

(iv) Prejudices are phenomenon of a frickle mind and denote lack of sensitivity or intelligence.

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