We often think of bias and prejudice as rooted in ignorance. But as psychologist Paul Bloom seeks to show, prejudice is often natural, rational ... even moral.
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This article has set me thinking even deeper about prejudice. From articles, tragedies, and even education, we always conclude that prejudice is something that we must not have. However, this article has changed my perspective of prejudice. After hearing what he said, “Prejudice and bias are natural, they're often rational, and they're often even moral” and after his explanation, I realised that prejudice and stereotyping is actually just ‘categorising people’ based on their races, beliefs, cultures, looks etc. Mr Paul Boom has successfully convinced me that prejudice is something that we need in our everyday lives. He mentioned this conclusion in Hazlitt’s essay, "Without the aid of prejudice and custom, I should not be able to find my way my across the room; nor know how to conduct myself in any circumstances, nor what to feel in any relation of life”, which is after all true, at least to me. Prejudice is actually not wrong. We just have to keep those insensitive comments to ourselves and not show or act it out. This way, horrible consequences would not have taken place. Now, as we understand more about prejudice, “we're in a better position to make sense of them when they go wrong, when they have horrible consequences, and we're in a better position to know what to do when this happens.”