This week was the anniversary of Alan Turing’s death. For those who don’t know who he is, he was a British computer scientist, considered the father of computer science for defining the basis of how computers work today.
He not only defined and formalized concepts like algorithms and computation but he was also an amazing cryptographer and helped decode many German messages during World War II.
He was 41 when he died. Which is a damn shame because of all the brilliance and potential he showed.
Let’s stop being disingenuous though, he committed suicide: he was prosecuted and convicted for homosexual acts and as an alternative to prison he received a treatment called chemical castration. 2 years after his conviction he was found dead from cyanide poisoning.
So here we had a genius on the rise with more than half his life still ahead of him and due to prejudice-as-policy we (humanity) lost all that potential. To put it mildly, that sucks.
So I implore you, if you ever have a thought that has even a bit of prejudice in it: shut up. You’re creating a worse future.
Just recently we went through a social media frenzy on the news about Caitlyn Jenner: the new identity adopted by Bruce Jenner after going through a gender transition. Of course the negativity didn’t take too long to come up.
The direct attacks were pretty bad but what really made me sad were the slight discriminatory comments from people that gain nothing from them.
To them I just have one thing to say: I really hope you never find yourselves in a situation where you don’t feel welcome. 1
When the human mind is forced into a defensive state it stops allocating cycles to creative endeavours and dedicates the energy instead to the fight-or-flight reactions.
People think a joke or a slight comment doesn’t hurt anybody but they don’t realize that these types of comments perpetuate the discrimination by making it a normal thing. It also makes members of these discriminated groups to focus their energies on gaining equality instead of creating a better world for everybody.
Or worse, like Turing, give up.
Please stop, it is not worth it.
Learn from these kids:
Not only this image is transphobic but also racist. Sad part is some people that use it just don’t realize. ↩