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Right speech and right thinking are simple, but they take a lot of discipline and thoughtfulness. It's simple -- communication works better when we make it about who is listening instead of who is talking. To speak without regard to how someone else will perceive what we have to say is egotistical. It's an act of saying that how others react is not valid while what we have to say is important. That's selfish. The refusal to consider others' feelings is the choice to remain ignorant.

It's a lot like what our mothers taught us. Be nice and have good etiquette; not only will that makes things easier for you, it'll make things easier for the world.

Stereotypes are unconscious and won't be leaving the world anytime soon, but we work against them because we know that we can be curious, learn more, and make the world a better place, in the very simplest ways. We are individuals and we want to be treated as such, so we should offer other people the right to be seen in their individuality, too.

Why would simple points like these frustrate people? Truths that are both obvious and difficult to accomplish really annoy people. Sometimes it's easier to stay ignorant. For some, it's easier to see the bad side of human nature. But I think people can work to be better.
 
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