Ingrained

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so much judgment
comes from the irrational
repetition of previously embedded
and deeply held beliefs
going back generations

someone else’s poison
muddying the innocence
brought into this world
rigidness taking the place of awe
the decent bits forced inwards

empathy doesn’t stand a chance
when surrounded by
and immersed in the viciousness
of long-held hate
and the fear of love

… it makes me sad for our world.