Second grade humans
Prejudice fills society. Neighbors are regarded as nothing more then second grade humans. As a consequence, many people are “On the fence” about welcoming and accepting other points of view, other faiths and other skin colors different from their own.
The ironic part is that the people on the “safe side” of the fence, are nothing more then trapped rats in their own minds.
The trench of confinement
For the past few weeks, a lot of folks on my street cannot circulate by the front of their lot. Namely because a big hole about 15 to 20 feet deep has been dug up, making the street disappear completely.
For instance, the trench is so deep and wide that the people can’t even go in or out of their own dwelling, let alone use their own parking space.
The reason being, the city workers are gradually changing the whole sewer system that is situated deep under the roads. At the moment, they are right in front of my house with their big cranes and trucks. The noise is inescapable. The dust is flying everywhere.
Additionally, the people living in the houses must circulate by their backyard if they wish to go to work or to run some errands.
However, the people who have forged fences all around their residences are now prisoners of their own demeanor.
Let me explain…
The people have fenced up their property, to obtain more privacy, or to simply refrain anyone invading their land. As a result, they are now confined to their living space.
The folks that erect fences think that they are keeping the outside world from coming in, but in fact, they are confining themselves in.
Whereas, the outside individuals are free to roam the rest of the world as they please. While those on the inside of the fences are cutting themselves off from all that the outside world can provide them.
That got me thinking how society in general is the same way.
A barricade of prejudice
People put up all kinds of metaphorical fences in their lives. The racists put up walls in their minds keeping people of other races from affecting them. But what they don’t realize, is all the rich relationships they are missing out on. All the wonderful people they will never get the privilege to know.
The ones that raise psychological fences to keep whoever is different from befriending them, deprive themselves of so much knowledge. Likewise, they condemn themselves to a lifetime of ignorance.
An open mind breaks down barriers
Since I am the kind of person who is very open-minded, I love to learn about other cultures and their way of life. I pride myself at making sure I don’t harbor any mental barriers against others.
In the case of the physical fences that have been constructed around my apartment complex, I did the same. I broke down a segment of the fence in the backyard, which allowed me to get outside of the lot.
Weird how I got inspired to write about prejudice, differences and intolerance from the fact that there is major construction going on in front of my house.
What fences have you put up that are incarcerating you?