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FN:s deklaration om mänskliga rättigheter, artikel 2:
UN's declaration of human rights, article 2:

Var och en är berättigad till alla de rättigheter och friheter som uttalas i denna förklaring utan åtskillnad av något slag, såsom på grund av ras, hudfärg, kön, språk, religion, politisk eller annan uppfattning, nationellt eller socialt ursprung, egendom, börd eller ställning i övrigt. Ingen åtskillnad får heller göras på grund av den politiska, rättsliga eller internationella status som råder i det land eller det område som en person tillhör, vare sig detta land eller område är oberoende, står under förvaltarskap, är icke-självstyrande eller är underkastat någon annan begränsning av sin suveränitet.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Vi har alla fördomar, troligen fler än vi är medvetna om eller vill erkänna ens för oss själva. Och de påverkar oss och våra handlingar oavsett om vi vill det eller inte. Jag tror att vi måste vara medvetna om våra fördomar, erkänna dem för oss själva, och lära oss känna igen dem så att vi inte agerar efter dem, och så att vi inte för dem vidare till nästa generation.

We have all got prejudices, probably more than we are aware of or like to admit even to ourselves. And they affect us and our actions whether we want it or not. I believe we need to be aware of our prejudices, admit them to ourselves, and learn to recognize them so that we don't act by them, and so that we don't pass them on to the next generation.

I was in my 30's when I wondered "why do I believe the things I believe?", and started analyzing myself, rebuilding. I think many people in their 20's and beyond are living in a framework that was constructed as they grew up, and many do not consider where they get their reactions and beliefs, they just "know" it's truth. When I raised my son I avoided television, and tried to teach him to think for himself. He is much smarter than me, very good at understanding and solving problems, but was a hellion in school and caused much trouble to put it lightly. :) The schools here seem to be 'consumer behavior training programs' instead of a place of knowledge. Despite the trouble he caused in school, the only time I recall him getting in trouble with the police was when he decided to go roller-blading down the main boulevard in town at 2 in the morning, for fun. Fortunately he didn't steal or do drugs or hang out with thugs. It is amusing to me that many people want to play Mozart music to their baby to make them 'smart like Einstein' but they must not consider what kind of trouble they are asking for. Someone who does not behave as the community expects is rejected and shunned by the community.
The schools here seem to be 'consumer behavior training programs' instead of a place of knowledge.

This is exactly the school today.

I'm growing my sons w/o television and doing a bit of alternative things in everything we do (music, films, holidays etc), and I'm very happy with it. My daughter seems to be very happy too. She's been in touch with many things that other children of her age hadn't had the opportunity to experience.
I'm not saying we do perfect or we're smarter or so, just we try to think a bit out of the box.

The other day, though, she was crying out of a bit of frustration caused by the fact that did not know (and sing) the shitty songs that every other child in her classroom was singing.
I'm still convinced that she will benefit from what we're giving her, but the environment (school, friends etc) is pushing hard with its "consumer behavior training program".
My son decided to move out at 18 years old (I was actually worried he would never leave lol, I was kinda shocked when he told me). Then he decided to join the military, not something I would have done but he's doing things his own way. My life is alot less stressful than it used to be.

The last time I remember feeling bored was when I watched alot of television. It's a way to idly watch your life go by without actually doing anything. And Hollywood especially seems to be expert at making average people feel like they are totally worthless, I think, that only the good looking fortunate ones can ever do exciting things. If it is true that a person can become an expert at something after doing it for 10,000 hours (which I think is probably accurate), then a large number of people are experts only at watching television. That's my cranky opinion anyway. :)

The big issue with my son in school was that he was stubborn and had no patience. If the teacher passed out yet another sheet of rote exercise he would wad it up and throw it at her. And there was nothing anyone could do to convince him to chill out. No punishment scolded him, taking away privileges did nothing, incentives were meaningless, you could lock him up in a padded room and he would still be 'hell or high water' about things. It seems that nothing could break him. If he decided that the teacher was below his intellect it would be a very difficult year for everyone, he would take down the entire school to get his way.