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Pride in one's own heritage, and prejudice against others.

brood910 5 / 14  
Oct 29, 2009   #1
First off, I'd like to appreciate your help that you have given to me so far!

"What is the difference between pride in one's own cultural heritage, and prejudice against others?" Is it ever possible to reconcile the two? If so, how? If not, why not?"

Can you please give me some ideas that I can use to develop my essay? I cannot brainstorm anything... Thank you so much in advance..!
EF_Sean 6 / 3,491  
Oct 30, 2009   #2
I cannot brainstorm anything

Of course you can. Start by defining what it means to take pride in one's heritage, and what it means to have prejudice against others. Then, list all the examples of each that you can think of. Then, think about the items on the list. Do any of them overlap? If so, why did you put them in both categories. Also, ask yourself questions that might provoke promising lines of inquiry. For instance, is it really true that all cultures are equally good, as the prompt implies? We don't usually say this of individual values. A person who beats his wife is not viewed as holding to an equally good morally code as a person who treats his wife (and women in general) with respect. Should a culture that fosters the former behavior be treated equally to one that fosters the latter? And so on. As you think about how you would answer these questions, you will begin to get a sense of what you want to say about the topic.
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,321 129  
Nov 1, 2009   #3
Great question!! I have to give my honest opinion and say there is no difference -- none at all. You can take pride in being a gentle person, but it is not appropriate to take pride in having been born in a particular country. It doesn't make sense. Therefore, it is only prejudice. If you want some good ideas, google around to find articles about nationalism and "stranger fear."
OP brood910 5 / 14  
Nov 2, 2009   #4
Thank you so much, Kevin and Sean!

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