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Discrimination through points of view and different thought processes. My paper is going to be about the way people view opposition towards what they may believe or have been indoctrinated to believe. Maybe we should take the advice of the Master Yoda “you must unlearn what you have learned”, before we attack and slander and open up our understanding to various points of view that exist in our society. I chose my topic because its gained so much momentum in recent years and has caused a lot of havoc on the internet. My goal isn’t to convince anyone of anything, it’s my hope to just be able to have a simple bit of light shed on how people treat others for thinking different its bad enough the way the world treats those for looking different such as race, religion or as simple as ugly vs. beauty, or even fat vs. skinny. I believe all of these are damaging to our society and open minded thinking should not cause you to be discriminated against. Things like washing your hands before surgery was laughed at in the 1800 in medical field, now its the norm. I would hope my paper can help myself as well as my classmates learn to be a little more patient and operate with a little more grace when confronted with different points of view.
One of the most talked about “free thinkers” is Mr. Martin Luther King Jr. could you image where we’d be if he didn’t make the stand that he did for our country and the world. Mr. King Jr. at during is time in 50’s to 60’s was wanting to push past the boundaries of racism. As we all know he was persecuted by whites and some in the black community for trying to push past the bounders of the time. “Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Nobel Peace Prize lecture and “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” are among the most revered orations and writings in the English language. His accomplishments are now taught to American children of all races, and his teachings are studied by scholars and students worldwide.” (About King).
Let’s talk about some thinking we all learn going up, washing our hands. Can you imagine a time when washing of our hands in hospitals wasn’t even thought about. Something we don’t even think about it’s just like second nature. Dr. Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis is created for being the man who in 1847 discover the importance of washing our hands. “Semmelweis was outraged by the indifference of the medical profession and began writing open and increasingly angry letters to prominent European obstetricians, at times denouncing them as irresponsible murderers. His contemporaries, including his wife, believed he was losing his mind and he was in 1865 committed to an asylum (mental institution). Semmelweis died there only 14 days later, possibly after being severely beaten by guards.” It wasn’t till around 1894 when an other Louis Pasteur theory on germs came out, which gave better reasoning explanation was Semmelweis called a pioneer of antiseptic procedures.
Lets think out side of earth to our heliocentric system, “This theory was first proposed by Nicolaus Copernicus. Copernicus was a Polish astronomer. He first published the heliocentric system in his book: De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, “On the revolutions of the heavenly bodies,” which appeared in 1543.” (The Copernican Model). At this time is was a wide belief that the earth was the center of the universe not the sun. In 1539 is was unbelieved by Martin Luther an denounced. The Catholic church who used the Copernicus book to make our calendar we use today, didn’t want to object of the book as long as it was considered to be a nothing more then a mathematical explanation. With all the theories on how the earth use to be and some say it is today. It’s interesting think of a time when everyone thought if you sailed to far you’d fall off the center of the earth or that of corse the whole universe revolved, even the ones of the flat earth we have today.
Now that we have talked about a couple different free thinkers, lets go a little more broadly. What about all the different genocides that have come about because a group of people were different from another one. People would go far as to try to wipe out another group because of social differences. To name a few there was the Armenia genocide in 1915 according to the United To End Genocide, “..under the cover of World War I, the Turkish government systematically destroyed 1.5 million people in attempts to unify all of the Turkish people by creating a new empire with one language and one religion. This ethnic cleaning of Armenians, and other minorities, including Assyrians, Pontian and Anatolian Greeks, is today known as the Armenian Genocide.” (Past Genocide). Could you image that happening here in sunny Southern California if we woke up one day and they wanted to try to make us all have the same religious beliefs and language. There is also The Holocaust that we all know about started in 1933. One that I don’t think that is taught about so much is the Cambodian genocide of 1957, “When the Khmer Rouge took control of the Cambodian government in 1975 they began a “re-education” campaign targeting political dissidents. These citizens, including doctors, teachers and students suspected of receiving education were singled out for torture at the notorious Tuol Sleng prison. In the four years after they took power, between 1.7 and 2 million Cambodians died in the Khmer Rouge’s “Killing Fields.”’ Could you image getting singled out because you happen to be happened to be educated or thought to be they really didn’t care.
Not all free thinking is good for example the one most people use Hitler. Hitler’s free thinking need to me checked by a moral majority. Millions of people died at his hands. As a nation, society, and individuals we need to not only rely on what we are taught from a young age or educated in school on we need to go out and learn for ourselves. We shouldn’t judge one another on our ideas, being open to one another thoughts, feeling, and listening to different free thinking and self educating are the best ways to keep an open mind. There have been many free thinking people that have made great changes for good and some for bad. We as a society and individuals shouldn’t bully, judge, or persecute a person or group of people for being different from us we should try to truly be open minded and aware of everything. As Richard Feynman said, “ I would rather have questions that can’t be answered then answers that can’t be question.”
Annotated Bibliography
“About Dr. King”. The King Center, 1968. http://www.thekingcenter.org/about-dr-king. Accessed 23 June 2018.
“Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Nobel Peace Prize lecture and “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” are among the most revered orations and writings in the English language. His accomplishments are now taught to American children of all races, and his teachings are studied by scholars and students worldwide.”

“The Copernican Model of the Planetary System- The Heliocentric Model.” http://muse.tau.ac.il/museum/galileo/heliocentric.html. Accessed on 24 Jun. 2018.
“This theory was first proposed by Nicolaus Copernicus. Copernicus was a Polish astronomer. He first published the heliocentric system in his book: De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, “On the revolutions of the heavenly bodies,” which appeared in 1543.”

Dr. Semmelweis’ Biography”. Semmelweis Society International. http://semmelweis.org/about/dr-semmelweis-biography/. Accessed 23 Jun. 2018.
“Semmelweis was outraged by the indifference of the medical profession and began writing open and increasingly angry letters to prominent European obstetricians, at times denouncing them as irresponsible murderers. His contemporaries, including his wife, believed he was losing
his mind and he was in 1865 committed to an asylum (mental institution). Semmelweis died there only 14 days later, possibly after being severely beaten by guards.”

open-mind1Feynman, Richard. “Quotable Quote”. Good Reads. https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/1134331-i-would-rather-have-questions-that-can-t-be-answered-than. Accessed on 24 Jun. 2018.

“ I would rather have questions that can’t be answered then answers that can’t be question.”
Past Genocides and mass Atrocities”. United To End Genocide. http://endgenocide.org/learn/past-genocides/. Accessed 24 Jun. 2018.
“..under the cover of World War I, the Turkish government systematically destroyed 1.5 million people in attempts to unify all of the Turkish people by creating a new empire with one language and one religion. This ethnic cleaning of Armenians, and other minorities, including Assyrians, Pontian and Anatolian Greeks, is today known as the Armenian Genocide.”

“When the Khmer Rouge took control of the Cambodian government in 1975 they began a “re-education” campaign targeting political dissidents. These citizens, including doctors, teachers and students suspected of receiving education were singled out for torture at the notorious Tuol Sleng prison. In the four years after they took power, between 1.7 and 2 million Cambodians died in the Khmer Rouge’s “Killing Fields.”’