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Excuse me if I'm wrong but don't we all live on the same earth?
We are all human. So why does discrimination occur?
I live in the most diverse city in California, yet in my high school, so much discrimination occurs. I've heard stabs at "fat" people, and gay people, and African-Americans and so much more. So I wonder why this happens. Then I realize it's because the world is "tolerant." And that's about all we can say for that matter.
One thing that would make the world a better place is if people learn that there's the biggest difference between tolerance and acceptance. I got into conversation about this with my Health teacher today. In the time that I was talking to him, it was such a wonderful realization process. Most human are like this, "I hate your kind of people, but I'll let you live here because I'm a tolerant person." That makes no sense at all.
In our younger generation we have learned to be more open-minded in terms of controversial issues. My favorite is definitely Prop 8. I talked about this today with him too. I told him that with myself, I believe NO all the way on Prop 8. However, of course my parents were a YES. It's just because I am from this generation and values slowly evolve. Hundreds of years ago inter-racial marriage wasn't allowed either right? But then people just started to accept it.
Acceptance is really all it takes. You see, there's this kid that I know, Derek, and we discussed him as well. Derek is very religious and he was a YES on Prop 8, amongst all of us "liberal" students that were a NO on Prop 8. So many people got angry at Derek for his opinion. However, what the other students didn't realize is that they are doing the exact same thing as Derek. They are discriminating against him because of who he was and what he thought, just like Derek discriminated against gay people. See? So we must just leave Derek alone, just like we want him to leave gay marriage alone. His opinion does not make him any less of a wonderful person.
Just think about this...
EVERYONE is different. Accept it. Move on. No discrimination necessary.
We all live under the same sun anyway right?