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This is a course blog for the members of EH236 at the University of South Alabama, Spring 2006.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Prejudice

According to the article by Jacourt explaining the uses and meaning of the word
prejudice, it seems that to him, prejudice is an unfortunate vice set upon man’s shoulder.
It is in fact, a form of “ignorance” caused from the lack of a person’s ability to
completely accept or understand the case as a whole. As described in the writing,
prejudice includes but is not limited to “judgment’s... shrouded in darkness or seduced by
false gleams of light.” It also includes several other misfortunes of the mind.

Throughout the article, Jacourt goes on to explain the different forms of prejudice,
and how each of them are “universal” fallacies which have distorted the mind
and broken the path towards truth for the human emotions. One of the remarks I found to
be one of the more interesting, was one which cites, “to appease vanity or to flatter
laziness, what is difficult is regarded as useless or impossible.” This is one of the
many ways that Jacourt expresses how prejudice operates.

Towards the end of the column, more is discussed on what affects prejudice has
on an individual, and how it is (in his eyes) nestled into the “small-universe” created in an individual’s mind. Another interesting view that is shared in the second to last
paragraph discusses the prejudice of self-love which censures the mind and gives a false
sense that man is the son of nature and the most perfect. This is an obvious bigotry which
leads one to believing that there is no possibility of a more perfect animal than man ever
existing. This provides a prime example of how prejudice oppresses the mind.

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