Saturday, June 4, 2011

Excerpt: - That's the Way it is

Coming out in the next issue of Shock & Awe -

That's the Way it is
If I said ‘I am' does it mean 'I should'?

The trouble with being human is the inconvenient distinction that we tend to attribute to everyone by category and classification. Whether it is done for demographics or with prejudicial intentions we cannot deny the fact that we all take the role of judge, jury and executioner at some point of our lives. It is hard to avoid stereotyping someone when a lot of our behaviors and personalities are derived from our ethnicity, socio-economic status, religious belief, gender and geographical location. The language that we speak and the accent that we use are all part and parcel of what we inherit from our families and ancestors. Even the way we think and respond to things around us are a smorgasbord of influences that have been demonstrated, coaxed or instructed to help us draw the line between right and wrong, good and bad. This, I guess, is supposed to help us filter out immoral deviants who may be detrimental to our career or reputation. Aren’t we all taught to stay clear away from people who don’t fall into the generally accepted conduct in the social structure? Although the question of normality is vague on so many levels we still claim it as our own when it is to our advantage. 

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