Astrology helps younger generations get away with damaging acts
Prejudice is “a feeling, favorable or unfavorable, towards a person or thing, prior or not based on real experience,” according to American psychologist Gordon Allport.
The United States is very familiar with prejudice. Many Americans develop preconceptions about people based, for example, on race, gender, sexuality, and political affiliation.
In recent years, however, the younger generations have developed a new kind of prejudice: astrology.
One day I was scrolling through YouTube and I came across a video where a woman had a Abortion because her baby’s zodiac sign – Sagittarius – was not compatible for a mother / child bond!
I was completely flabbergasted! How can someone make a life changing decision based on a pseudo-scientific practice? How can someone be so prejudiced against their unborn baby – because of their zodiac sign – that they have had an abortion?
After some research, I learned that biases in astrology can come in less extreme versions as well.
Payton Ferguson, a sophomore plant science student, described unpleasant exchanges with other astrology enthusiasts.
“Whenever I mention that I’m a Gemini, they’re never very interested in dating,” she said. “They are always quick to judge me based on my zodiac sign.”
Ferguson said there are many stereotypes surrounding Gemini, such as not listening to others properly, having two faces, getting bored easily, and having a hard time engaging in anything.
“This has happened to me often because Gemini is one of the least understood [zodiac] signs, ”she said. “It was very difficult because I have met a lot of people who don’t want to be associated with Gemini.”
In our society, it is frowned upon to be prejudiced against someone for something beyond their control, such as race and sexuality. Still, some people think it’s okay to be prejudiced against someone who has no control over their birthday?
On the other hand, not everyone who believes in astrology is necessarily prejudiced.
Cia Bell, a sophomore sociology student, said she follows astrology, but not as much as some do. She recognizes the different personality traits of people and relates them to their zodiac signs, but she doesn’t let astrology dictate or influence her social decisions.
“I don’t believe in basing your relationship on compatibility,” she said. “It’s just fun and interesting to know about people’s zodiac signs and see the little behaviors that relate to their sign.”
Much of this column does not focus on people like Bell, who read astrology for entertainment. It is for people who feel that astrology is a form of religion and use it as a reason to make life changing decisions.
Yes, I understand that astrology can seem romantic in the sense that you can predict the future or understand someone’s personality. Humanity has always thirsted for ultimate knowledge, that which allows us to know everything about something or someone before interacting with it.
But it goes too far when you use astrology as an excuse to harm others and / or make a devastating, eternal, and impactful decision.
Life is pretty tough. Why make things even more complicated by giving astrology so much seriousness?