Kind of true on some level

I wrote about the dimensions of distrust where with the other two prejudices, these tend to be ambivalent in nature. With paternalistic prejudice, distrust’s aimed at the vulnerable and helpless and manifests itself as a patronising attitude to them which explains why they still get abused despite or because they’re seen as weak and needy. With envious prejudice, distrust’s manifested in the form of a nearly resentful jealousy aimed at those really good at what they’re doing.

Maybe not always exactly the case but I suspect this might have interesting implications for Bible studies. Especially with regards to dogs, goats, humans and sheep. Might it parsimonious to suggest that humans might lean towards warm-incompetent and dogs toward cold-competent. Both of them are divine creations worthy of care and love, even attention. Yet humans are often targets of paternalistic prejudice.

In the sense of being beloved but suspected when it comes to being impulsive and gullible so they need divine intervention or salvation to snap them out of what they’re doing. As for sheep, they’re useful but also vulnerable to predators. Dogs and goats lean closer to cold-competent. Both of them are valuable beasts. Dogs for guarding and hunting. Goats for clothing, cheese and meat. But both are also distrusted not only for their behaviours.

Goats for being stubborn and dogs for being both predatory and sometimes stubborn (especially if they’re not always reliable in hunts and get taken advantage of by criminals). Not to mention they’re even that frequently associated with witchcraft (and are coincidentally some of the more invasive species out there). They’re not inherently bad.

But not when sheep and humans are preferred in spite (or rather because) of their vulnerability and in humans’ case, tendency to give into baser habits that it appeals more to the Christian ideology of ‘needing to be saved by him’ that it’s going to be like this whether if some like it or not.

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