I sat on the beach listening to all the different people and watching the behaviors of various individuals out of my own personal interest. This interest turned into wonder when I heard the mother say to her 4 year old, "Billie! Get away from the water until you know know how to swim!" I scratched my head, laughed, and went for a swim.
So many times, in the typical grocery store setting I have seen a parent speaking to a child after slapping them and saying "You never hit! Hitting is bad!" I have to clear my throat and walk away before the words spew from my mouth that I just know I'm going to regret speaking.
How many of us have experienced a time at work when we hear these words? "That person shouldn't be working on that project because they don't have the experience."
How many job applications state "experienced only, need apply" ?
We live in a world filled with contradiction. We will describe our neighbor as "that black guy" or "that oriental guy". Yet in conversation we say we are not prejudiced. Hypocrites would be the term I would use. Once we use the term "white" or 'black" we have shown that we see each other as separate. We are, therefore, prejudiced. We may have nothing against that person, but we have shown that we see them as different. If we don't like the difference, why is it so important to so many to "work on their tan"?
Diversity makes up our society. Inexperienced children will teach us just by how they approach their own curiosity. We learn from doing, and we gain experience from being allowed to take the ball and run. When we have finally reached the point in our evolution as mankind not to see those with different beliefs or appearances as being "different" it is likely we will be on the verge of world peace. Until we can get along with everyone around us, stop judging others based on their position in life, color of their skin, physical limitations, or educational background, we will remain a primitive, hypocritical society.