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I found it intriguing that in the first paragraph you said conservation when you meant conversation.

It proved unconsciously the point of your article--that some prejudices are necessary and even desirable. I like that you are a conservationist; it is your soul.

I also like that you are conversational. It is your life.

02/06/15 @ 10:41
Comment from: Mike M

Powerful & well thought out! One of the few things that I have read lately that rang out with common sense and clarity. Thank you for your unique approach to the things in everyday life that we (I) often don't give enough thought to.

02/06/15 @ 10:42
Comment from: Michelle

Brilliant twist! A "Ruthism". Using your passion for nature to explain so clearly what most of us can't put into words. Definitely something I will share with my boys, and I believe they will get it! "looking at racism from a naturalist's eyes" immediately had me wondering where you were going with this one . . . silly me, how could I doubt you! Just wonderful friend!

02/06/15 @ 12:22
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Joe: How funny -- I've since fixed the error. Thank you for the supportive words and for bringing the error to my attention gently!

Mike: Your words were extremely comforting to read, given such a touchy subject.

Michelle: You've tapped into the fundamental theme of a large segment of my writing. I have doubts about so many things, as we all do. I see us, simplified, in the natural world around us, and thus look to the out of doors for clues and guidance for almost every problem.

"Looking at racism from a naturalist's eyes" (for those who don't know) was the lead-in written within an email announcing this post, which was sent to those who are signed up for my mailing list. Check out www.thewritebeat.com to get on your list.

02/06/15 @ 15:44
Comment from: Joy Connell

I don't know Ruth; are we talking about prejudice or preference? I make a choice on what I think a person represents based on my experience and on what is needed at the moment. I probably will gravitate toward something about the other person that feels familiar or make me comfortable. To me that's just common sense, not coming from conditioning. I am unusual though because if I see someone totally different I am always facinated and what to know more. (that is if it's safe) Now this could be construed as biased. It seems that the basis of all prejudice stems more from preconceived opinion that has no reason; that has no logic. Physical characteristics, origin of birth, & unfounded, long standing opinions of the established community form most of our bias.
Yes; we must trust our own judgment in dealing with others while maintaining the freedom to choose our friends. Hatred and prejudice are a complete waste of precious energy and good will. I try to stay out of there...thank you for provoking thoughts...

02/06/15 @ 19:15
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Joy: Hmm: preference? Thank you for offering a challenging response. I suppose, though, that the times I was speaking about don't have the benefit of time to employ preference. Or does it? Take chocolate, for example. Someone offers me a desert tray and I have a choice between dark or milk chocolate. I instantly will choose the dark one. That's a preference. But, am I also prejudice against the milk chocolate because I've been taught that it is the lesser health option?

Regardless, I'll be diving into my dictionary to contemplate this one. And no matter what will agree that hatred IS a waste of energy!

02/10/15 @ 15:29