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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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