Essay on Traditional Values Encourage Prejudice and Discrimination

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Traditional Values Encourage Prejudice and Discrimination

Human evolution took place in a most scattered manner, in time and place. Our world is replete with varied societies, each with its own guidelines, philosophies, conventions, customs, traditions, and institutions. Each group, each society, each culture proclaims its individuality, its differences, its distinctiveness, and concocts devices, legal or otherwise, to ensure they will last forever. Therein lie the seeds of intolerance. Mankind must come to realise that each individual is not a limited member of some isolated and narrowly defined group but rather a member of the people of the planet earth.

The customs and traditions of our varied cultures, religions and racial
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The conflicts that arise out of cultural differences are a consequence of each group's erroneous belief about their culture and the nature of culture. Each group holds its customs and traditions as inviolable, and any request made on the adherence is deemed an affront and becomes an excuse for punishment. One of the most destructive types of prejudice is based on someone’s race or cultural group. Take the Holocaust for example. Because of Hitler’s prejudice, six million Jews were systematically and efficiently slaughtered for no other reason than that they were Jews.

Each society had its own way and means of doing things. Values may be instilled in us that others may be less hardworking or less efficient, and this brings about economic and job discrimination. A businessman may refuse to do business on equal terms with members of a disfavoured group. Or, he may refuse employment to workers of another race, just because he feels he should support his own.

The Chinese have been known for their favouritism towards boys, the ones who carry on the family name. When China implemented the law that each couple could only have one child, most wanted to have a boy, and that led to the killing of many baby girls. At home, it is the girls who do the household chores, with the stereotyped thinking that a woman’s place is in the house. In the workforce, women are paid
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