Often we think poorly not because we are not able to do better, but because we don’t want to miss the pleasures connected with making habitual errors in judgment.

Proneness to prejudices has psychological concomitants. First of all, it is impulsiveness, the emotional character of evaluating the situations and the tendency to naïve self-deception. Also important is the sentimental logic of our reactions on adversary events in the world, be it war in Iraq, terrorist activities against US or lack of support among our European allies. Our militant overreactions try to mask our anemic and unstable nerves. Deep psychological immaturity lies behind our rushing to go to war, our hysterical over-bombing raids, our inflated feeling of being betrayed, which pushing us to fury. Fear, pride and hate are blinding our strategic and tactical thinking which promoting mistakes like invading Iraq instead of addressing the problem of terrorist attack on US, going after oil instead of going after the security of our country. The utopian victory over difficult situations – finding way out without solving the problems is the drastic prejudice. May be, prejudice as such is an unconscious human attempt to imagine – post-life, paradisiacal condition of victory over life with its endless troubles.

To know exactly who caused our problems is a too quick relief because this points to impatiently quick solution – eliminating the problems by eliminating their cause. Problems will be eliminated by elimination of their creators! Isn’t it an irresistibly attractive – almost supernatural solution?

Prejudice creates the subjective impression that the way out of a serious problem is obvious. Prejudice lightens up the darkness of the absence of understanding of the nature, content and the facts of the difficulty. The pleasure of having the feeling of understanding outstrips actual understanding.

People think they’re solving a problem in exactly the same moment when they’re detouring it. They prefer “the detouring solution” of the problem instead of real solution (they prefer to make Iraq war instead war on terror) because it is giving them psychological pleasure of feeling that “we” are handling the situation, while to go along real way to solution is a long, tough and boring process for those who need immediate emotional relief in the form of illusion. And only detouring the “solution” is able to make money!

Quick “understanding” matches quick action. The both are parts of the psychology of prejudice. Blitzkrieg and the idea of preventive wars have psychological speed of prejudice.

We believe in our projections because we are believers – in our impressions. We are believers because we don’t know better – to believe is simpler and easier than to study, to go through agonizing ordeals of not knowing, making mistakes, trying again and feeling the pain because confrontation with unexpected truth includes pain.