Bias can cause you to disagree with people before they say a word.

Assumptions lead to stereotypes, stereotypes to bias, bias to prejudice, prejudice to the feeling of supremacy, and supremacy to abuse. The thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that you welcome or embrace today, will predispose you for more of the same tomorrow.

Bias is so complex, that it can easily become a psychological complex, however, it’s frequently undiagnosed. The goal of communication is to get people to think beyond their biases, not to arouse their anger.

Bias can cause you to disagree with people before they say a word. Insulting people who we disagree with and/or don’t understand, isn’t very good for cordial human relations. If “all men are created equal” as the US Declaration of Independence proclaims, then feelings of superiority are delusional.

When desires determine beliefs, they can easily pull us away from truth. Then they can lead us to bias. However, if someone disagrees with you, you can still learn from and appreciate their insights.

Our own biases often lurk and hide securely, deep within us. That’s because it’s very difficult for us to discover truth we don’t want to admit. Truth and thought sometimes flow together, but often don’t.

Thinking that you aren’t prejudice is bias against your own ability to be deceived. If you aren’t bias, you can admit what you don’t know and honestly explore information that challenges your perceptions. However, sometimes something we know to be true is made inadmissible to our mind because it interferes with what we want to be true.

As human beings, bias can buy us some narcissism, but it can’t afford the joyous freedom of an open, honest heart. Bias looks for affirmation of its beliefs. It slants, spins, twists (and even blocks) any information that challenges them.

People who came to hold their opinions without using reason, strongly resist being reasoned out of them. Programmed consumers of opinions and information, find it very difficult to be honest observers who search for truth for themselves.

It’s very difficult to see injustice that our culture has trained us not to see. Frequently we overlook the “research” we have done by our daily living. What we have accidently discovered is often neglected.

Pride speaks to protect itself and hide its shortcomings. Humility speaks to bring truth to light, regardless of its impact on self. Our ability to be objective about people’s views diminishes if we don’t like them (or if we believe that they don’t like us).

Here’s why I blog: Writing is therapeutic for me. Even if no one reads it, likes it, or agrees with it, I sure feel better by doing it. I want to write like Paul: Read Scripture with an open heart; listen to Jesus; and write what He shows me.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s