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  •  Your message has its heart in the right place. (6+ / 0-)

    I agree that we're not divided: Insofar as we're not in a civil war, and red states and blue states aren't invading each other, or flying different flags - oops, except a lot of red staters are still flying the flag of rebellion, from the last time we had a civil war.

    But we're also not very united: There's so much hate between the right side of the country and the left. There's so little listening, that we're starting to develop two alternate realities, where all our facts and theories, contradict all theirs.

    We certainly need more common ground, for that is where we'll build a better future. Which is what Barack Obama was talking about, when he first appeared at that Democratic Convention, saying we are all purple states. It sure seems like a lot of Americans weren't listening hard enough. Too many hate Obama for looking a little bit purple himself.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 10:24:34 AM PDT

    •  I'm thinking that (metaphorically).... (3+ / 0-)
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      dinazina, jabney, bigjacbigjacbigjac're all wrong. And right. By that I mean missing the point.

      I look at it this way: There are circumstances under which almost all of us would unite. The response to 9-11 cut across all racial and religious lines, with the outlying few of course, and we did not embark on a pogrom of Muslim hatred. Most of us being sentient realized these were enemies of ALL of us who happened to be Muslim.

      What divides us is ignorance. There is no such thing as race. Race doesn't really exist, but local adaptations to environment causing changes to the amount of melanin in one's skin over thousands of years DOES exist and that's what most people call "race." What people "hate" is other cultures, other practices, other styles of living not conforming to the hater's own.

      The Other.

      But Brecht, you're absolutely correct on point three. We need more common ground. We won't find it, however, because we live on a planet of seven billion people with room and resources for about two billion people. Here in the US we are no different than anywhere else: We squabble among ourselves for available "resources" i.e. jobs, safe housing, clean environment, etc.  Ultimately, we are no better than a bacteria in an agar cup: As soon as the food is gone, we poison ourselves and die.

      "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

      by CanisMaximus on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 02:01:18 PM PDT

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