We’ve covered judging before, but that was more the bullying-people-because-of-first-impressions side of things. Today, we’ll get into judging done when soliciting for a job, for example.
This topic idea was sparked by a pretty fierce discussion I had with some friends today. (Nobody really agreed with me. ): ) Thanks for the idea guys, but please watch my blood pressure next time!
In any case, imagine the following scenario: you (currently undefined) go in for a talk with a possible future boss. You do however, have a “mom” tattoo on the top of your chest ever since she died in a horrible accident a few years ago. Her ash was put into the ink for the tattoo. What do you do with it? Cover it up, or leave it visible?
Most people would cover it up, just to be safe. But why would you? If your boss can’t accept you for who you are, then fuck him, he’s not worth working for!
Okay, sure, it has a bit of an aggressive look, and if you’ll be dealing with customers face-to-face, the company wants a pretty face to show the customers. But why? Why should I customer be bothered by your tattoo, coloured strings of hair, tongue piercing, or skin colour?
When going for a job interview, people pretend to be someone else. Someone who looks different. Why? Better chance at the job.
People shouldn’t accept or deny others a job because of their race or looks. They should do so based on that person’s motivation and achievements! But why do they do so anyway? The customers.
So, going to the roots, customers shouldn’t be bothered by how an employee looks! There is no reason for them to ask a “normal” employee for help instead of one with a tattoo on his/her arm! Todays stereotypes are fucked up, and not realistic at all.
Taking Muslims as an example here (sorry guys, but this is just for explanatory purposes). Why do we not feel as at ease in a group of Muslims or other foreigners as we do in a group of our own people? Just because that mean over there has a beard doesn’t mean he’s hiding a bomb in it, geez! Sure, some group of Muslim extremists flew a plane into some building, but that doesn’t mean all Muslims want to do something along those lines!
To sum the whole problem up: people should not judge others based on looks, linked to shitty stereotypes, and just treat them as they treat everyone else. Or better even, as they want themselves to be treated. But alas, that seems quite impossible nowadays. From birth we get all kinds of subliminal messages thrown at us, making us believe that all gothics are scary people and that a group of foreigners is to be avoided at all times.
Society sure is one fucked up place.