Thomas Hawkins

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Identifying and acknowledging our differences is a step back-to-the-future in relaxing prejudices.

In some way or another, we are all in fact different. I hastily add however, that I do not believe we should all necessarily be treated different and/or treat others differently. We are the human race, but within it there are differences and they should be recognised, and even more importantly in the essence of equality... respected.

I think our yearning for equality is an excuse to try and make a complex situation, simple. It is a utopian like effort. However, I also believe that people over look the reality by labelling equality to hastily. In the words of Einstein "Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler".

We should all be treated equal, but why are we so scared to recognise differences? Even our own.

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    Oct 25 2012: Don't you think everyone recognizes that there are differences and some even have an exaggerated view of those differences and too little recognition of common ground?
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    Oct 25 2012: The world is one big family made up of communities and societies, cultures and nations, races and languages; so much diversity but shared humanity.
    I think we should pursue of yearning for equality with courage. We can not put an end to hatred and racism and extremism by laws and treaties; but this one big family should speak with one voice against these vices in order to keep them to barest minimum.

    I think our differences are obvious; we are not scared of recognising them. They are easy to recognise. The things that are hard to see because of our ethnocentrism, and because of our obsessive thought that our way of doing things is the only right way, are the things that we share in common as human beings.
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    Oct 25 2012: A point of logic, prejudice is often thinking by association or by reaction which is really diminished thinking in regards to the prior and not at all in the case of the latter. A point of logic is higher level thinking is to use difference, similarities and things that are identical. Lower level thinking is to associate things. Thinking by reaction alone is what animals use.

    Like it or not the world operates on public relations which leans more towards associative thinking than analytical thinking. So at the end of the day this is a PR problem.

    The differences are actually quite interesting which is easily seen here on TED.

    I think if the philosophy of bring a person up a notch instead of down a notch serves well on this subject. Think about this how often does an individual deal with someone who brings them up?

    Anyway try this and let me know how it works, if it does maybe I will try it myself.
  • Oct 25 2012: This is an interesting topic.

    I see us all being fundamentally the same. We are all the same species and have the same needs (excluding extreme cases like psychopaths or people with mental disabilities). We all naturally want freedom of choice, speech, opportunity and equality.

    Unfortunately some cultural and traditional beliefs are imposed (sometimes by force) on others and children grow up in such societies with little freedom to choose their life and beliefs.

    If an individual has a choice then yes I agree we should celebrate people differences based on their free choices and likes but continue to support everyone's freedom to be different.

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    Oct 25 2012: Exactly because we are not identical, we should not be treated equally, at least not on all levels!

    In my view, there is a multitude of differences across individulas and their cultures, and therefore, if I wish to interact with them, I have to take as much as possible into account while doing so.

    Yet beneath all of this differences, if it comes down to our very species, we are nothing but all the same!

    In terms of fundamental human rights, in defining, installing and keeping them, it is on no one else but us to persist, persue and refine them.