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83,669. I have a very strong prejudice against human resources. I believe that the department is a breeding ground for monsters. (Office & Prejudice) The Office US: Goodbye Toby I s4e18, Michael
102,770. You don’t call retarded people retards. (Office & Prejudice) The Office US s3e1: Gay Witch Hunt, Michael
37,069. I shake my head in amazement at how judgmental I’ve been in my life. It seems like I could write volumes about what I’ve seen recently, now that I’ve been trying so hard to eradicate this judgmental, warped lens from my eyes. I have robbed myself of many of the wonders that I could have experienced in relationships, all due to my judgmentalism. And now, the days that I can see more clearly without the distorting judgmentalism that I’ve had for so many years, have been some of the most amazing and enlightened days in my life. I have a lot more work to do, but ridding myself of judgmentalism, as hard as it continues to be, has been one of best things I’ve ever attempted.
Yes, there’s a lot more goodness out in the world than I was led to believe all these years! A lot more goodness than I ever allowed myself to see.
I’ve seen that there are a large number of people here that seem to deeply care about and understand the pain and suffering others have gone through on their personal journeys. But how can that be?
You’re supposed to be evil apostates ‘kicking at the pricks’ on the highway to hell, right? (Mormons & Prejudice & Judgment) life redux, board post 20th January 2008, ‘Hello and Thank You ... and an Apology for Judgmentalism and Hypocrisy’
95,702. Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. (Prejudice & Reason) Thomas Jefferson
71,620. The Europeans are all deeply tainted with prejudices, both ecclesiastical and temporal, which they can never get rid of. They are all infected with episcopal and Presbyterian creeds, and confessions of faith. They all believe that great Principle which has produced this boundless universe, Newton’s universe and Herschell’s universe, came down to this little ball, to be spit upon by Jews. And until this awful blasphemy is got rid of, there never will be any liberal science in the world. (Europe & Prejudice) John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson 22 January 1825
643. Incompatible religious doctrines have balkanized our world into separate moral communities, and these divisions have become a continuous source of bloodshed. Indeed, religion is as much a living spring of violence today as it has been at any time in the past. The recent conflicts in Palestine (Jews vs. Muslims), the Balkans (Orthodox Serbians vs. Catholic Croatians; Orthodox Serbians vs. Bosnian and Albanian Muslims), Northern Ireland (Protestants vs. Catholics), Kashmir (Muslims vs. Hindus), Sudan (Muslims vs. Christians and Animists), Nigeria (Muslims vs. Christians), Ethiopia and Eritrea (Muslims vs. Christians), Sri Lanka (Sinhalese Buddhists vs. Tamil Hindus), Indonesia (Muslims vs. Timorese Christians), Iran and Iraq (Shiite vs. Sunni Muslims), and the Caucasus (Orthodox Russians vs. Chechen Muslims; Muslim Azerbaijanis vs. Catholic and Orthodox Armenians) are merely a few cases in point. These are places where religion has been the explicit cause of literally millions of deaths in recent decades. (Religion & Prejudice & Violence & War) Sam Harris
644. Why is religion such a potent source of violence? There is no other sphere of discourse in which human beings so fully articulate their differences from one another, or cast these differences in terms of everlasting rewards and punishments. Religion is the one endeavour in which ‘Us v Them’ thinking achieves a transcendent significance. If you really believe that calling God by the right name can spell the difference between eternal happiness and eternal suffering, then it becomes quite reasonable to treat heretics and unbelievers rather badly. The stakes of our religious differences are immeasurably higher than those born of mere tribalism, racism, or politics. (Religion & Prejudice & Violence & War) Sam Harris
2,257. The satirist may laugh, the philosopher may preach, but Reason herself will respect the prejudices and habits which have been consecrated by the experience of mankind. (Reason & Prejudice) Edward Gibbon 1737-94, Memoirs of My Life ch1
3,923. The old appeals to racial, sexual, religious chauvinism, to rabid nationalist fervour, are beginning not to work. A new consciousness is developing which sees the earth as a single organism, and recognises that an organism at war with itself is doomed. We are one planet. (Earth & Prejudice & Humanity & Consciousness) Professor Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan, Cosmos: Who Speaks for Earth? 1979
6,167. I have always regarded as a stroke of good fortune that I was not born or brought up in a small American town; they may be the backbone of the nation, but they are also the backbone of ignorance, bigotry, and boredom, all in vast quantities. (Society & United States of America & Town & Prejudice) Gore Vidal, Death Before Bedtime
6,529. The superior man is broadminded but not partisan; the inferior man is partisan but not broadminded. (Think & Prejudice) Confucius 551-479 B.C.
6,975. As in the political sphere, the child is taught that he is free, a democrat, with a free will and a free mind, lives in a free country, makes his own decisions. At the same time he is a prisoner of the assumptions and dogmas of his time, which he does not question, because he has never been told they exist. By the time a young person has reached the age when he has to choose (we still take it for granted that a choice is inevitable) between the arts and the sciences, he often chooses the arts because he feels that here is humanity, freedom, choice. He does not know that he is already moulded by a system: he does not know that the choice itself is the result of a false dichotomy rooted in the heart of our culture. Those who do sense this, and who don't wish to subject themselves to further moulding, tend to leave, in a half-unconscious, instinctive attempt to find work where they won’t be divided against themselves. With all our institutions, from the police force to academia, from medicine to politics, we give little attention to the people who leave – that process of elimination that goes on all the time and which excludes, very early, those likely to be original and reforming, leaving those attracted to a thing because that is what they are already like. A young policeman leaves the Force saying he doesn’t like what he has to do. A young teacher leaves teaching, here idealism snubbed. This social mechanism goes almost unnoticed – yet it is as powerful as any in keeping our institutions rigid and oppressive. (Education & Children & Society & Prejudice) Doris Lessing
6,982. To understand a child we have to watch him at play, study him in his different moods; we cannot project upon him our own prejudices, hopes and fears, or mould him to fit the pattern of our desires. If we are constantly judging the child according to our personal likes and dislikes, we are bound to create barriers and hindrances in our relationship with him and in his relationships with the world. Unfortunately, most of us desire to shape the child in a way that is gratifying to our own vanities and idiosyncrasies; we find varying degrees of comfort and satisfaction in exclusive ownership and domination. (Education & Prejudice & Children) Jiddu Krishnamurti, Education and the Significance of Life
12,910. Anti-Semitism was preached as an official doctrine of the church until 1964. (Catholicism & Prejudice & Jewish & Racism) Christopher Hitchens, & Stephen Fry v the Catholic Church 2009
19,008. I’m sick of this prejudice against ex-cons. (Gangs US: New Jersey & Mafia & Mafia: US & Prejudice) The Sopranos: Sentimental Education s5e6 starring James Gandolfini & Lorriane Bracco & Edie Falco & Michael Imperioli & Dominic Chianese & Steven van Zandt & Tony Sirico & Robert Iler et al, Tony Blundetto
24,142. The prejudices people feel about each other disappear when they get to know each other. (Star Trek & Prejudice) Star Trek: Elaan of Troyius s3e13, Kirk
24,287. Judging a being by its physical appearance is the last major human prejudice, Wesley. (Star Trek: The Next Generation & Prejudice & Sexism) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Manhunt s2e19, Worf, re Antedians