Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "Let's Call It Dyrkle"

This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "unhappy ending" square in my 7-1-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest.

"Let's Call It Dyrkle"

Prejudice is an intellectual process,
casting judgment without facts.

What is the name for the emotion
of prejudice, the feeling that people
have in relation to outsiders?

Prejudice connects with
the primal emotions of fear,
anger, disgust, and contempt.

People may fear that others will
attack them, become angry over
losing a job or other resources.
They observe some differences in
behavior which disgust them, thus
regarding outsiders with contempt.

Fear leads to dread of future encounters.

Anger leads to jealousy over what others
may have and resentment at their own lack.

Disgust leads to loathing of outsiders
and revulsion pulls away from them.

Contempt leads to disdain for other cultures.

All of those things together
spawn hatred, and that hatred
all too often turns toward violence.

We have names for the belief
and the individual feelings,
but no word for the emotion of
prejudice itself, that dark sludge
at the bottom of the human soul.

Let's call it dyrkle.

At least now we have a name
for the bilgewater sentiment that
drives people to commit atrocities.

After all, you can't banish a demon
until you know its true name.

* * *


Prejudice involves forming an opinion prior to experience. It has evolutionary and emotional roots. Understand how to overcome prejudice in yourself and in the world at large.

The basic emotions include fear, anger, disgust, and contempt along with several others. Know how to recognize and express emotions in a healthy way.

Many mythological, spiritual, and fictional systems posit the ability to control entities by knowing their true name.
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