When prejudice is involved we actually enable more death and despair.I was reading this article via Tim Worstall on AIDS and the fact that we do not recognise certain truths pertaining to the spread of the disease.
It made me think that we seem to have the same type of problem with many similar things such as Black gun crime, African atrocities, the Muslim issue as well as many many others. We know certain facts about all these issues that because of PC attitudes we are not able to identify, the current popular phrase, the elephant in the room. Thus we do not educate the public and target the issue correctly as to give a solution that will lead to a cure or control. We don't need a medical analogy as this article gives us a clear one.
By not identifying the main sources of the virus, 'junkies, sex workers and gay men' we do not target these for education and prevention. They are seen as low life by the public and not worth spending money on directly. Thus we allow the virus to propagate but as a sting in the tail we make matters even worse by treating the sufferers for the disease we didn't try and stop. This is targeted to a sufferer of a disease and is thus acceptable to the public. The reason it is worse is that this treatment extends the life of the sufferer and thus allows them to propagate the disease more. But who cares, it's only low life is it not?
Therefore our policies, imo, are actually directly responsible for the propagation of this terrible disease. Was this really the intention?
I have no doubt that there is a significant number of other 'unsolvable' issues that are treated the same way and if we dealt with them in a logical and scientific matter we could improve every ones lot in life. So how could we do this best? Open and free discussion of facts in public and using logic instead of emotion for many issues.
Of course that actually boils down to taking the politicians out of the decision making loop. Why am I not surprised by that conclusion?