This comment was left in Patrick's Saturday Six -- Time to Mow the Lawn Edition a couple of entries ago:
Have you ever felt discriminated against?
hmm .. i wonder why we all feel like we have to say "yes" to this, versus, "of course!" ..
the first suggests that
discrimination ought not to happen .. the second assumes that it is
part of the human condition .. the first suggests that we have been
victimized and "someone should pay" .. the second assumes a more
participatory role in the whole discrimination process ..
discrimination is not something
that is only done TO us .. it is something we all DO .. ha .. not so
much fun to read or write though .. :(
Mrs. Linklater found the comment
very thought provoking. So she decided to put her thinking cap on and
try to sound intelligent. Linear thought has never been her
strong suit so you may come back to this entry and find it has changed
over time. Hopefully for the better.
When she listed the many
discriminations against her, Mrs. Linklater didn't ever say "yes" or "of
course" when she answered the question. Her examples made that obivous.
She simply listed the discrimination she experienced.
However, she could have easily combined them, "Yes, of course!"
"Yes," because the discrmination
happened and it was wrong, and "of course," because she is a member of
group defined as female and discrimination against females was rampant
during her childhood and much of her adulthood. And continues in a more
covert way now.
However, she doesn't feel that by answering "yes" to feeling discriminated against that someone should pay.
She does feel that the discrimination was wrong and shouldn't happen to her or anyone.
But wanting retribution is an immature
way to handle the anger and frustration that discrimination causes.
She does believe that change should and could take place and
there are ways to make it happen. And change did happen, since much of
what she experienced has been legislated out of existence.
Mrs. L also doesn't think that by
answering "of course" that she is accepting the act of discrmination as
part of the human condition, as something we all do.
Saying "of course" to whether she has ever
felt discriminated against means that she acknowledges her membership
in a group of people who have been singled out for negative treatment
based on specious or spurious thinking. People who are considered
unacceptable because of some unique and irrelevant trait -- one which is being
used as an excuse to eliminate anyone with that trait from
participation in a coveted activity.
She agrees that we all discriminate
against other people. But she also thinks that having
discriminating taste isn't such a bad thing. It's when we
discrminate against other people because of their membership in a
group, rather than on their individual merits, that we do a disservice
The is the longest Mrs. Linklater has ever tried to make sense. Could some of you help her here?
What do you think?