Let’s say that you are an Indian and you believe that North Indians are smarter than South Indians.

You also believe that women are inferior to men.

You also believe that foreigners or Indians who live abroad (in powerful countries) are more intelligent than Indians.

You also believe that Hindus are superior to Muslims.

Now, you have to choose between a Female, Hindu, South Indian tuition teacher and a Muslim, Male, foreigner/NRI teacher. The knowledge and reputation of the teacher will obviously play a key role and there are many other issues which will influence your choice. But the thing is, no matter whom you choose, you are going against your beliefs. Let’s say, the female teacher is more knowledgeable…and you choose her. Aren’t you going against your belief that women are inferior to men? And also that Gujaratis are superior to South Indians? And if you choose the other person, then too, you are going against your beliefs. You are choosing a man and a foreigner, but he is a Muslim! You are trapped no matter what you choose.

When we think about inferiority or superiority, we forget that human beings have multiple identities. And more often than not, our beliefs contradict each other (I’m talking about all kinds of beliefs, not just religious ones). Beliefs are static, but life is fluid.

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