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Default Re: The Psychological Basis for Racism

The human exists in two ways. There is the thing-in-itself, which is to say, the actually existing objective human in the world. There is then the thing-for-itself, which is to say, the self-conscious. The thing-for-itself attempts, but never completely successfully, to self-analyze, to create an image of itself which is absolutely necessary for the being to be able to act, but which is never a completely accurate image of the objective thing in itself. The reason for this is because the rational mind needs to treat things as objects so that it can understand the principles by which they operate and the principles by which it should operate in relation to them. However, the thing in itself, being a subject rather than an object, never fully and totally conforms to the thing for itself's attempt to turn it into an object. So our self conscious can never be in complete harmony with our objective self.

This is even more exaggerrated when the conscious attempts to turn other subjects that is to say, other living beings, in to objects. Again, this attempt is necessary for it to have any rational notion of how to act in relation to them. However, understanding subjects as if they were objects leads to false conclusions. For example, we could look at the fact that many blacks in America are socially dysfunctional, and reach the false conclusion "Black people are socially dysfunctional, inherently." The reason we are led in to this falsity is because we are attempting to understand subjects as objects. It is a necessary tool of cognitive economics, but we should always be aware of it and keep it in line. It's just one of the unfortunate limits of human reason.
 
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