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"In order to find out how things really are, one must understand the filters through which one perceives the world." Discuss and evaluate this claim.

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"In order to find out how things really are, one must understand the filters through which one perceives the world." Discuss and evaluate this claim. January 20, 2003 Mr. Vicente 1546 Words When one perceives the world, there are countless amounts of filters that block a person's mind as we distinguish and attempt to understand how things really are. Our ethical background, cultural perception, and education attained, are examples of filters that can cloud our minds. These filters or thoughts can be exposed in any form of biases, prejudices, or stereotypes, such as: racial and cultural discrimination, classism, ageism, sexism, and religious intolerance. To begin with, racial and cultural discrimination occurs when someone is treated unfairly because of their race, colour, ethnicity or nationality apart from how someone of a different race would be treated in a similar situation. This type of discrimination is known as 'direct racial discrimination'1. An example of direct racial discrimination is if a real estate agent would not rent you a house because you are an Aboriginal person. Racial discrimination can also happen when a policy or rule that treats everyone in the same way has an unfair effect on more people of a particular race, colour, ethnicity, or nationality than others. ...read more.


In the Victorian era, the upper class consisted of the affluent aristocracy, the middle working class and the lower peasant class. If an individual was born into the lower class and became wealthy, this would not necessarily guarantee they would be accepted into the upper class. Often the filters possessed by the upper class and some of the middle class would cloud their perception of the lower class. In comparison to social classism, political classism is where someone receives an economic benefit because they are members of the "right" ruling class. An infamous political classism example in British Columbia is the recent scandal involving Dimitrios Pilarinos' failed attempt to persuade Premier Glen Clark, by his highly placed political influence, into obtaining a casino licence. "Police had charged Clark with accepting, at below market cost, home-renovation work from a neighbour, Dimitrios Pilarinos, who hoped to use the premier's influence to win a lucrative license for a small-scale casino in a Vancouver suburb."4 In this situation, political influence guaranteed the acquisition, until the police intervened when they realized a criminal act was being committed. Secondly, ageism refers to the discrimination of individuals based on age, especially prejudice against the elderly. ...read more.


By Allah it is a great work. Allah prepares for you a great reward for this work."7 Through this terrorist action of a handful of Islamic people, many people's filters have been coloured by their perception of an extremely small segment of the Islamic population. From slight bias to a religious martyrdom, all filters can change one's perception of a race, culture, class, age, sex, or religion. Personally, my ethical background, cultural perception, and education have affected the ability for me to relate to and empathize with certain individuals of another culture. I believe the only way to truly understand an individual who is being persecuted is to bypass the filters that block one's mind and to actually place ourselves in the persecuted person's shoes. This way, we can experience the pain and suffering from being victimized by biases, prejudices, or stereotypes. Ultimately, the rights of all people in this world should be treated with equal respect regardless of their race, culture, class, age, sex, or religion. "I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and equal opportunity. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve, but if need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die. ...read more.

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