I have been talking about how the brain has a neurological proclivity for looking for what’s wrong. In the past, that’s been an important survival mechanism. When we were in the jungle, we had to be on the look out for threat all the time.
But now that we’re out of the jungle, it’s time to compensate for this proclivity and remind ourselves to think differently–in the same way we have to remind ourselves that the world is round even though it looks absolutely flat.
We also have a brain proclivity to bond into groups and to view those who are outside that group as a threat. This isn’t something to be embarrassed about, it’s just something the brain does–it makes us favour our ‘home’ group, whether that’s our gender, our race, our religious affiliation, our gang of friends etc.
When we evolve and heighten our awareness, we can compensate for this. So the question isn’t, “Am I prejudiced?” –of course, you’re prejudiced! The question is, “How am I prejudiced?”
That’s the question that’s going to put new neurological pathways down in the brain. And give us the freedom to be happy that we’re all looking for.