- Can you belong if you are not like-minded?
- Does 'wanting to belong' feed your bias?
- Does a strong belief/bias benefit you as you move upwards in a particular community?
- And does belonging give you a stronger voice?
There is never a ‘just’ person
Because a mind is a product of bias.
Cemented again and again by
His history, culture and environs
His mind molded by his parents
And theirs by theirs
By the conversations at dinner tables,
You know - the small talk
About black and white
About big and small
About power of love and of hate
About theirs and ours.
His bias gives him his identity
His prejudice make him belong.
It defines his relationships
With people and his life.
It is not easy for a man
To rise above his beliefs
To ‘look’ at the other side.
– That’s next to impossible!
For then he loses his identity
Of belonging to a belief.
It may start a war of thoughts
That will uproot the belief
And he then stops belonging
To the belief that was ‘he’.
Like there is no ‘just’ person
There is no ‘just’ critic
His beliefs colour his criticism
And his life and his writings.
© Nalini Hebbar/openmind/2009-all rights reserved
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