posted on Jan, 28 2015 @ 02:24 PM
It pains me when someone of a usually uncritical sentiment off-handedly speaks against discrimination in a manner
that confuses the ability to discriminate with human stupidity. If legislation has its way, the fatuous-minded would do away with discrimination
altogether, so as not to have to waste the precious brain power involved in discriminating between the two. But in a time when blurred lines, group
think and conformism are the modus operandi of the general public, maybe discrimination is needed most of all.
You are confused, of course. You might have thought I'd be advocating for racism and bigotry, instead of discernment and judgement. Confusing, yes?
Don't mind me. I am advocating against the poor use of the word "discrimination" in modern times throughout the world, which appears to have
adopted the American usage—that is, the faulty usage—over its original. Nonetheless, despite its pejorative quality nowadays, the word still is
and always has been synonymous with discernment, perception and acumen, qualities in which racism and bigotry have no place.
From one philologist and defender of words to the next, dear comrade, let's be careful to take an adversarial and consequently lonely position
against the notion that discrimination is a form of human folly which leads to bigotry and stupidity, and rescue our precious commodity from those who
simply do not care otherwise, but who no less shape our language and culture through their careless misuse.
We know that infants learn to recognize a distinction between one object and another not long after birth. Object perception is a core human faculty,
and as such, the ability to discriminate is a biological human imperative that should not be slandered nor blamed for willy-nilly irrationality and
ignorance. We do ourselves a great injustice by equating discrimination with injustice.
To develop false notions about an individual while utilizing invalid units of measure such as skin-color, gender or status, and condemning or fearing
according to these quite arbitrary and fleeting distinctions is a complete lack of discrimination rather than an instance of it. Too be sure,
the way one might identify with these strictly categorical, and thus, imaginary distinctions, or how one might throw himself and others into these
indistinct and fuzzy groups, thereby implying a very real commonality between himself and a vast amount of people he has never met, is to negate
discrimination altogether. Racism, bigotry, and intolerance is to be indiscriminate in one's generalizations and vapid associations, which arrises as
the refusal to draw a distinction between one human being and the next, but to toss them wholesale into a box as if we were products of some grand and
superficial assembly line in one's imagination.
I assure you, friend, categorical distinctions are dependent of human minds and dictionaries, and do not hold any concrete place in space and time.
So-called discrimination against one categorical distinction over another, whether it be race or sexuality, is to fully admit one's inability to
discriminate between fantasy and reality. Unless one is omniscient enough to account for every single particular of every single universal, any
certainty derived from categorical generalizations is in direct proportion to what he doesn't know, to his ignorance.
Furthermore, one cannot discriminate against things, one can only discriminate between them. To reserve one opinion for every single particular of a
category, against all people of a certain shade of skin or a sex that involves more variables than simple biology or appearance, is to be immediately
wrong. No deductive nor inductive method can verify such boneheadedness. If one was able to discriminate between one individual and another, he might
find that learning about her is more reasonable than assuming he already knows her. His fault here is not discrimination, but generalization, which is
a more useful term for these sorts of cases.
Let's refuse the equating of discrimination with indiscriminateness and generalization, which is the true cause of the haphazard, careless and
sweeping intolerance. Let's equate racism and bigotry to stupidity rather than intelligence. Let's use a different word.
Thank you for reading,