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Brett McCall

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What idea is worth creating a disruption & what, who, where, how would you disrupt?

It is true that no change ever comes about by remaining comfortable. We must expand the familiar and find new ground, become new people and ultimately disturb the peace (Why change requires a disruption of peace is a whole other subject Ill have to work on another time!).

That's why I am asking the question.. What change is worth making yourself (and maybe others) uncomfortable?

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  • Feb 6 2012: Well I wouldn't say that it makes myself uncomfortable. I have already accepted 'my idea'. But I'll make you feel a bit uncomfortable and try to make you see it my way.
    The largest problem with the world (in my eyes) is that we believe all discrimination is bad. Ofcourse during the past 500 years or so discrimination has gotten a reallly bad name due to the human race discriminating the wrong things.

    This bad name of discrimination made the definition almost like: the prejudicial treatment of an individual based solely on their membership in a certain group or category. Which is almost the definition as it is written on wikipedia. However the definition I do like (from a dictionairy) is: "To perceive the distinguishing features of; recognize as distinct: discriminate right from wrong.".

    In my eyes not all humans are equal in all aspects, so why are we trying to force this onto people?
    Can't we just accept that all humans are equal however each individual likes to do something else and has a different field of expertise as the other.

    For instance I feel that atm the school system is trying to make people into thinking batteries. Each kid is molded into being the average student even if it doesn't fit their ambition. If someone wants to become a dancer then let's encourage that person to become the best dancer he/she can be. If someone wants to be a world wide respected scientists then make him/her do the extra credit.

    Many women in my direct environment give more value to raising their kids rather than working a full time job (and try to find solutions in either part time job or let the man support the familly). Why are people trying to force full time jobs on them talking about how much ambition for a career they should have.

    We should respectfully discriminate between what people want and what kind of abilities they have.
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      Feb 9 2012: Richard, I love the disruption in your post!! It is certainly a challenge to welcome discrimination as so much of the use of this term is about the first definition you presented.
      I believe the word you are looking for is Distinction. There is great power in drawing distinctions, as in to define one thing separate and independent of another.

      And you are correct, at the root of the word discriminate there is a pure and righteous perspective:
      >> 1620s, from L. discriminatus, pp. of discriminare "to divide, separate," from discrimen (gen. discriminis) "interval, distinction, difference," derived noun from discernere.


      However, it is not enough to simply point to the root of a word when culture surrounds and filters the meaning in our perspectives. I would advise adopting a word that is not discriminated against (:-) OR invent a new word while drawing a distinction to the word in question (i.e. you would more likely reach an audience by using a term like discrimen than discriminate... simply because one has the filters clouding the view).


      LOVE the challenge in perspective!!
      • Feb 9 2012: Hello Brett thanks for your kind reply,

        I actually gave this 'idea' a lot of thought. Which to be fair I don't often do ;).
        Usually I write posts, like this, without thinking much about the words that I use in them.

        However to come back to your post. I think that the use of the word 'discrimination' in combination with positive words makes the reader feel uncomfortable. It awakens a sort of cognitive dissonance if you like. (aka I want to make the reader a bit upset / confused / thinking to himself "these 2 terms don't mix what is he trying to pull")
        As you also say in your post that you "love the disruption" in my post. I think that the word of discrimination helps you (aka the reader) to feel this way.

        Then the explaination comes in of how to come to terms with this dissonance. Which will make peoples mind go at ease again hopefully addopting what I wrote in between ;)

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