Archive for September, 2009

Do you… discriminate?

Well… do you… discriminate?

So this word has been on my brain recently. In recent conversation it has come up and me being the person I am took it to the definition then as I will do now before this goes any further:

discriminate

–verb (used without object)

1. to make a distinction in favor of or against a person or thing on the basis of the group, class, or category to which the person or thing belongs rather than according to actual merit; show partiality: The new law discriminates against foreigners. He discriminates in favor of his relatives.
2. to note or observe a difference; distinguish accurately: to discriminate between things.

–verb (used with object)

3. to make or constitute a distinction in or between; differentiate: a mark that discriminates the original from the copy.
4. to note or distinguish as different: He can discriminate minute variations in tone.

–adjective

5. marked by discrimination; making or evidencing nice distinctions

Okay.. ^there it goes.. in most of the conversations I’ve had this word had nothing but negative connotations associated with it just like our friend neighbor word “judgment”, which technically is in the same boat as discriminate. In order to make decisions, one must judge, you have to choose between going right or left or straight or maybe even backwards. Through possibly the process of elimination you make a decision out of the choices before you and you choose something over something else. You do this everyday. So my question is, why are these words (discriminate/judgment) almost always deemed as the bad guys? Nobody likes to be put in a box and labeled as something forever for what has probably occurred at one time or another. In this same case discriminate seems to always be taken in a negative way.. made me wonder…

Again, I ask… do you discriminate? Well do you?

-signed, say what you mean and mean what you say (but also know what you mean when you say it lol)

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