YOUNG VOICES: Discrimination deprives world of innovations

2013-06-24T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: Discrimination deprives world of innovationsCaelainn Crnjak
June 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Our society is constantly worrying about our outward appearances and is frequently trying to make sure we “fit the status quo.” What is wrong with being the person you are without having to worry about what the random person down the street thinks about you?

Don’t get me wrong, there are people who can live without worrying about how they are judged, but the general public is trying to blend in with the stereotypes they believe we should be.

If people were more tolerable to uniqueness, we would have a more diverse and accepting society where the average citizen does not have to worry about being bullied or put down. It is difficult for me to comprehend why we have people that want to discourage others' way of living just because they do not believe that is how someone should live their life.

At what point did someone decide they were going to say what is and is not acceptable for someone other than himself or herself?

Where does one learn how to behave in such ways? Some learn as children by watching adults using crude and unacceptable behavior that it is the norm to treat people with disdain.

They might not realize they are presenting a bad example to the youths of our community that will lead them to potentially make other children’s lives miserable, and as they grow, it will then be adults projecting this behavior onto each other. The younger children are when they learn these behaviors, the earlier others will be taught that these critics will make them believe they don't have the right to be who they want to be. This leaves them with the impression there is something wrong with who they are.

Where would we be today, as a whole, if we did not have people who thought outside of the box and did not want to fit in the way that others wanted them to? Whether it was someone with a unique way of dressing who went on to become a worldwide designer with countless trends, or someone considered a nerd who became one of the greatest minds that the world has ever seen, they were their own person.

By discriminating against people based on frivolous characteristics, who knows what we are depriving the world of?

Caelainn Crnjak, of Dyer, is a recent graduate of Lake Central High School. The opinions are the writer's.

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