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October 05, 2017



This is a difficult reality to accept. I have seen over the years that my individual bias on various topics (be it wealth, relationship, success) is based on my beliefs or things that I accept to be true. This in turn has come about due to my interpretation of some past events or something I was told by some "higher authority" or something that a vast amount of people "believe" to be the TRUTH. If we accept the truth that we perceive the world not based on the "reality" but our own, then we start opening up to other people feedback to check our biases. Sometimes, we experience life altering events that change our beliefs and we call that a "paradigm" changing event. For me the key is to know that I have biases and sometimes they will impact others negatively. That realization has helped me more than anything else.

Henry Su

Wonderful story!


What a great quote... thank you for sharing my friend!

Ganesh Murthy

We complain about the racism from other races, cultures. Look in the mirror and see we have worse. We bias against cast, color, status, position, handicapped.
As our Great Leader said Be the change you want to see.

True Believer

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.


In the 1970s, I sometimes watched a popular TV show called "All in the Family", which frequently grappled with difficult issues concerning ethnic or racial or sexual bias in America. Despite this gravity, the program was a sitcom, with funny overtones expressed through the absurd situations or dialogue by the fatally flawed characters that audience members like me loved to watch each week. "All in the Family" was a story centered around an elderly couple, Archie and Edith Bunker, charming and even lovable at times, but more frequently annoying and embarrassing to their family and neighbors. Archie would frequently say awkward and even shameful things, while his wife Edith would try to restrain him or to apologize on his behalf, or his daughter and son-in-law would firmly and persistently try to show him the error of his ways. Yet, stubborn Archie generally remained locked in his fixed views of the world. The audience was sometimes left with a glimmer of hope that, after a social fiasco, maybe Archie had learned from the experience. It was perhaps even cathartic to watch this awkward and tragic figure hold himself back from joining the social progress attained by the more savvy younger generation. After the show, I and many other viewers could breathe a collective sigh of relief in the knowledge that our own families were not quite as challenging as that of Archie Bunker.
However, the lingering fear for the audience was that Archie Bunker probably failed to grasp his prejudices, and we might be just like Archie, even as we laugh at his obnoxious behavior. If a person who has grown up drinking water from a polluted well is suddenly given a glass of clean water to drink, he is likely to think it tastes strange. By analogy, we may not be able to recognize our own biases or admit them when pointed out to us. This is my fear, too, so I frequently reflect on my own behavior critically and think, "What false assumptions have I made today?" The key to breaking away from bias is to seek it out actively.
"The truth knocks on the door, and you say, 'go away, I'm looking for the truth,' and so it goes away. Puzzling" -Robert Pirsig

Humble Warrior

great story and I as well carry some bias views... whether in my head or not... not all are true I am certain... what can change?.... I can change... be the change I want to see... Your son is incredible actor and writer by the way, I'm glad he stuck with it!


I really enjoyed this week's Friday Reflections. This is a very profound lesson.

Friend from China

Nice one. I like it


Very well written. I admire your son's convictions. At the same time, I have still not come to terms on gays and lesbians. In my opinion, it is an abnormality. But they can not be ostracized for that!

California Guy

A follow-on to the point to ponder is that we collectively must have an ongoing emotional commitment to learning so that we can prevent the negative effects of bias and prejudice. When learning stops, our minds become more susceptible to the negative effects of bias and prejudice.

When it comes to bias and prejudice, I only need to observe the innocence in young children to see that bias and prejudice are social concepts and behaviors that each person internalizes over time. It is bias and prejudice that provides the fuel for cultural and systemic racism that has been justified by the artificial concept of race.

There is an exhibit that explores the concept of race at the San Diego Museum of Man ( From the creators of this exhibit is a short video ( that presents an overview about the complicated story of race in the USA. And at this exhibit is an exercise (writing down answers to thought provoking questions about the idea of race) that is similar to what is described for the Bias BAR.


When faced with difficult social or political situations, I start the same way I have learned to start in technical problem solving: argue things from first principles.
If your first principle is, every human being is a child of God, you will reach a very different conclusion than you would from a reactive argument.
My wish is that every leader and politician on earth would arrive at every decision they make by arguing from first principles. I may not agree, but I will know for sure who they are and what they believe in.


Sometimes, it is hard to tell determine the rights and wrong. We all come with bias for many reasons: upbringing, personal experience, education, etc. It is human nature. But, some people comes to term and accept the different views. Take the example of the musician from the Las Vegas shooter event. He once was against gun control, but, after his experience, he no longer is.

Sojourner in Taiwan

Before I got married, I agreed to sit down and go through a workbook with my future wife. The workbook describes several real-life marriage instances/situations and required us to give our thoughts on those situations. It was an excellent exercise as it allowed us understand why we think that way. When we recognize a personal bias, it's in the right direction to at least understand why we have it and what could have conditioned us to it.

Yuri D

Its hard work being a parent and accepting others, even if they are your own children.

We have too many expectations.

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