Every one of us has our prejudices,
whether we choose to admit it or not.
Many ingrained since childhood,
others acquired along the road.
Some are minor annoyances,
while others can have a major impact
on how we live our lives.
In a perfect world there would be no prejudice;
alas, we don’t live in a perfect world.
But we can choose to live in a better world.
We can choose how we deal with our bias.
We can think about the choices we make
and if we cannot fully let go our prejudices,
we can at least recognize them for what they are.
We can make a conscious choice not to act on them.
We don’t have to shoot into crowds,
or bomb innocent people just living their lives,
or run them down in the streets.
We can choose to be kind,
to reach down and help others up,
to put aside personal greed for the good of all.
We hold the world in our hands.
We can nurture the brotherhood of man
or smash it under booted heels.
What will you choose?
~Elise Skidmore ©2017