“The ultimate manifestation of the principle of least effort is found in two-valued judgements… It is tempting to fit all categories into the superordinates of ‘good’ or ‘bad’”. (p170, The Nature of Prejudice, Gordon W. Allport)
Allport references in this chapter that nearly every known culture has explanations to many common questions to mankind (p.165). Many cultures try to explain how the world came to be, why we’re here, the distinction between good and evil and what to do about those differences.
By having a two-valued judgement system in our minds and a religion or non-religious organization having set dispositions for many prominent things in society, the likelihood of creating a prejudice subculture is tangible. It seems to be that this kind of development of cognitive thought was and is a major contributor of racism and sexism, and discrimination against homosexuals and transsexuals.
Though my familiarity with people from the LGBTQ community isn’t very strong, though I hold hold some close friendships, in my observations they are just as kind, considerate and loving to their partner as anyone else I've ever met. Then to have that contrasted with folks who say, “well at least they’re not paedophiles” is baffling and heartbreaking.
To have all people set into two categories, all good and all bad, requires ignorance and a lack of sympathetic and the imagination needed to understand that each individual has their own thoughts and experiences. To not be intrigued and wonder what anyones story is, and not to wonder why indeed that disposition of ‘evil’ ever came into play without proper evidence.