Martin Luther King once mused about a world where a man can be judged by the content of his soul and not the color of his skin. Rodney King once asked "Can't we all just get along?".....
It has come to me that we have been waxing poetic about a Utopian society that is fixated on getting along, merging with the un-mergeable, talking to people you don't necessarily like, not celebrating (or acknowledging) the differences of races, cultures and habits and political correctness at the expense of honesty. I'm done with the Star Trek moment folks. Put your oxygen masks on:
It is because we are "wired" differently, that the "cumbaya" moment of all of us joining hands in a chain link around the planet is never gonna happen.
Let's talk about the brain wiring according to the House of Pain, shall we?
WE can gloss it all we want, and we can espouse the virtues of being color-blind until Jesus lands in Jerusalem again, but I think the human being is naturally drawn to that which most closely resembles himself. Do you think it's an accident that most whites marry whites? most Asians marry Asians? Most Blacks marry Blacks? It is because all things being equal (and there are always the aberrations so pipe down!), we will always steer ourselves to "comfort circle" that our own kind brings. Why do gangs in prisons segregate according to race? Do you think its an accident or its written in the Warden's manual as they roll in? Nope, its as natural as going potty. As yourself this, if you were put into a room with 10 different groups of racial/cultural backgrounds, would you feel equally comfortable with all? or would you naturally have an affinity to that group which most closely mimics your ethnicity? That's not to say you would not mingle at will with others,... I'm just saying that in most cases we are drawn to those closest to our own reflection of looks, and we extrapolate from there to culture and behavior patterns. Political correctness be damned, I will say it for you. I call it innate racial preference, and in no way am I implying it is negative. It is what it is.
I was listening to Limbaugh the other day as he bellowed on the fact that ANYBODY has the ability to improve his or her life, and thrive to become a wealth-earner in America blah-blah-blah. Rush, I love ya' babe, you are as entertaining as a fart in a jacuzzi; but let me put it to you this way. That kool aid has some amount of B.S. written in its code. Sure a good percentage of the population is just lazy and if prodded with the right incentive and motivation can certainly improve their financial situation greatly. But lets not kid ourselves, not everybody is wired to excel, not everybody is wired to want more that the regular guy next door. Not everybody was meant or wired to do what it takes to buy a house. That's why there are apartments! Seriously. Not everybody is wired to compete for the best life has to give. Some folks are just not materialistic and have a socialistic ethos of living. They believe you should just have enough to live comfortably -but no more-, with a small carbon footprint, and any other economic largess spewed out by the economy should be put to use for the greater good. These people are not necessarily bad or necessarily of altruistic intentions, they are just not wired to have the BMW, the 2,800 square foot stucco home, nor the 120 gig I-Pod. They are happy living a simple life and at times look condescendingly at those (like Rush) who thrive on competition on monetary success. Let's face it, society will always have to deal with that 10% of slugs, leeches and just lazy-asses who just don't know how to care for themselves, don't care about improving their lives, and are more than happy to live off the Dole until they kick it.
And speaking of social wiring, it goes to my favorite topic, politics. Why are some people Republicans, some Democrats, some Green, some Communist/Socialists..... why? Because due to a myriad of things such as childhood influence, life experience, genetic social preferences, and conscious or unconscious choices, they wound up being of a particular mind-set to which the platform of certain parties become attractive. Example:
Some bleeding heart liberals see a Bum (Homeless wanderer to the politically correct in the room) laying on the curb and says: "Sir, this is not your fault, society has done this to you, let me take you to the shelter and get you clothing, feed you, try to get you detoxed from whatever chemical dependency you may have and I will continue doing so until I can do it no more because there is no limit to my compassion and caring" .... Liberals really live this! they are wired to give the Bum some Sushi instead of teaching him how to fish for it. How they got wired that way? who cares,... they may never see the virtues of a conservative way of thinking. It is what it is.
A Conservative or Libertarian sees a Bum laying on the the curb as says: "Sir, there is no doubt life has given you a bad cast of luck right now, or maybe this has been a self-inflicted wound on your part. Well, I am going to help you help yourself. I am not going to coddle you and feel sorry for you. Rather I am going to kick your ass with tough love and show you how to get some self-esteem so that you can become a wealth earner and a resource to society instead of being a wealth-waster and a consumer of society's resources. I am going to give you this gut string and show you how to fish, cook the fish and never have to depend on anybody again for as long as you live"..... Conservatives (at least real ones, in my view) are really wired to be independent, semi-isolationists, and fend for themselves. How they got wired that way? who cares, ... they may never see the virtues of a liberal. It is what it is.
What's my point here.... in most cases, we all love our children, our neighborhoods and our country. We just have a different idea on what is the best road to walk and map the future with..., We all have different ideas of what compassion or altruism is,... we all think we have a monopoly on "caring" or "understanding". The bottom line to me? as long as the human Ape keeps evolving along its natural course, as long as his "wiring" is as unique as his fingerprint, he will continue searching for his "niche"...continue looking out for himself and those like him, and continue spewing the ideal that they believe to all those who will listen.
Part 2 of this thread will really be fun. Its called...
Why a Divided States of America is an inevitable reality and why that is not a bad thing....