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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-14-07 04:52 PM
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34. You wrongly limit it to race.
People of any group can find reasons to believe they're superior.

I've been told by Chinese that Chinese are superior to other Asians and that Asians are superior to Europeans, and by Muslims that Muslims are superior. One Jewish guy said it only made sense that 40% of my dorm was Jewish, 60% white, and not one black or Latino. I've been looked down at because I'm male (and not female--with the superior female traits made explicit), and because of my major (I studied Russian, a "communist" language), my religion (one guy, just hearing I worked for a church, yelled at me on a busy campus sidewalk and called me a Nazi). I've had far left guys tell me I'm stupid because I'm not a socialist, and far right guys tell me I'm stupid because I'm not like them--the socialist was far, far more offensive than the RWer. A French "friend" tried to tell me how superior the French were, and Russians have told me that *they* won WWII and didn't need the West's help at all because, well, Russians are better than Americans. I've been heckled because I was an undergrad science major (with Russian, double major), and that all science and engineering majors are simply stupid and uncultured, unlike the Humanities grad student who soon thereafter told me that microwaves were dangerous because when nuked food was digested it released microwaves into my stomach. I've been told that I'll get better as I get older, and that I'm only getting worse and that young people are better. Hell, I even had one family look down on everybody else--they believed that what their family did and believed was *obviously* superior to all other families (actually, let me amend that: I've met at least a half dozen families like that).

So, okay. Race, religion, ideology, linguistic affiliation, ethnicity, age, kin group.

People need to have some sort of self respect and dignity. Some acquire it through actions or achievements, some through feeling loved by their deity or through their family; some feel they can only have dignity by being part of a group that is superior to all others. Sometimes the "superiority" leads to humility, sometimes it leads to obnoxiousness.
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