It's the human race. That's all we've got. Humanity's genetic diversity is so low* that if we were dogs, we'd all have to compete as just one breed. And there's only one standard I'm gonna judge people by: how they behave.
Now, I can't change whatever damfool set of notions you've got -- and wouldn't want to, if the only way was by main force -- I'm not all that persuasive. But anybody preachin' race war or that some folks aren't okay 'cos of the color of their skin, the faith they profess (or lack thereof) or the language they grew up speaking isn't welcome at my blog.
Are there elements in Western culture that are pure-dee bad? Yes. Most of 'em involve violations of the zero aggression principle: they happen when people initiate force against their fellowman. It'd be a right streamlined world if we could just look at those around us and know, straightaway, who was gonna do that -- but we can't. Nobody's got a lock on it.
I'm all for condemning malefactors but if you don't mind, I'm not gonna do it wholesale and I'll withhold judgement on individuals until they have shown themselves maleficent. The good guy very rarely gets to throw out the first punch and you can't tell the good guys from the bad guys by the color of their hats -- or of their skins.
You've got to take people as individuals. Try it any other way and you're stokin' that nasty train that inevitably rumbles off to death camps and the killing fields. Do that and you're not my pal and I'm not yours -- you are, in fact, endorsing the unprovoked use of force against others.
I dunno why this keeps comin' round but it does. Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin, Mao, Pinochet --you really wanna hang with that lot? We won WW II as quickly as we did 'cos people fled from prejudiced, repressive regimes to the West and many all the way to the United States. Go eat your peanut butter sammich, then tell me the man who thunk it up wasn't nearly so gifted as you.
* Depending on personal belief and inclination, see the Old Testament (or similar texts), The Skin Of Our Teeth, and/or your local genetics researchers.
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