Will there ever be a time when society is free of racial stereotypes and attitudes and actions based on perceptions of racial behaviors? Can it ever happen that Jew, Christian, Muslim, athiest, and a hundred other belief systems will be able to co-exist without violent conflict? Will men and women ever be free of the Mars/Venus dichotomy slapped on us by a pandering media? Will Steven ever stop beginning his posts with rhetorical questions? Not likely. Nor do I think it's desirable for us to be completely free of such things. Don't get me wrong. The types of prejudice that lead to lynchings, or church bombings, or suicide bombings, or any kind of violence or repression are just plain wrong. I submit to you, however, that some prejudice, of a non-violent type, is beneficial. Without strife and conflict, the human spirit would not be challenged. Without prejudice, we would never know of the likes of Mahatma Ghandi; Martin Luther; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Rosa Parks. We would never be able to witness a man such as Lyndon Johnson overcoming his background and his upbringing to initiate sweeping social reform. Abraham Lincoln would have been just another President. Given just rule by the British, the United States may never have been formed. Without an environment of "haves" and "have nots", we would never know the true capacity for human compassion and human indifference. I think we need injustice, we need pain, for us to grow as people and as a society. Prejudice, when recognized, can become a starting point for personal and societal growth. Discrimination, when identified, can be the bellwether of that growth. Hatred, when exposed, can be cathartic. We are in no danger of ever reaching a utopian state, but neither should we ever stop striving to achieve it. Our achievements, and our growth, will be realized in the struggle.