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Evolving Beyond Hate

A sort of local election is coming up in this neck of the woods, and the city is flooded with political ads. Now, mostly, I just ignore them, but yesterday one of them caught my attention. And not in a good way. Actually, I found it so offensive that I ripped it off the lamp-post it was glued to (it wasn’t a big poster, but still), something I don’t do, because I believe that everyone has the right to express themselves. However, it was so politically incorrect (ironic, isn’t it?), derogatory and disrespectful, that I couldn’t help myself, because, I guess, respect is higher up my list of important things. It basically said that the party was fighting for a city without African-American, gay and gipsy people (needless to say they chose words that aren’t particularly nice, to put it mildly). I’m neither of those, but I think that everyone deserves to be treated and addressed respectfully.

I really don’t understand all this hate towards people who are somehow different. My evolution theory professor would say that this is natural primal biological response to different individuals, or someone who comes into the territory. This is supposed to preserve population’s genome which is best adapted to that said environment. But I would think that human species has evolved beyond that. I mean, when we talk about people, we talk about social evolution, evolution of the mind, not biological evolution. I think, if someone considers themselves smart (and I think everyone does), they should think, instead of relying on the basic instincts written in our genes. And really, when you look at it, there are more differences between two people of the same race than there are differences between two races.

I admit I’m not very good at Bible stuff, but I do believe that somewhere in there it says “Love thy neighbour like yourself”, it doesn’t specify that your neighbour has to meet some sort of criteria in order to be “lovable” (now, I’m quite certain that ‘love’ isn’t really meant literally in this case, but it doesn’t really matter). And at this age, with internet and everything, pretty much everyone in the world can be called our ‘neighbour’, in some sense, can’t they?

Everybody talks about bullying and hate at schools and stuff like that these days, and everyone seems concerned about stopping it; but really, when adults don’t show respect to others, how are children supposed to learn that?

Hoping it came out nicely and respectfully as I intended,

Noodle.

P.S. In instances like this, I like to think about global warming, hurricanes and stuff – they don’t really care about how you look or who you sleep with; and when we’re in love or when we’re sad, we’re all the same, so, what the difference do these differences really make?

News Commentary

I don’t usually follow the news (it just annoys me), but sometimes the news has a way of following me. A couple of weeks ago a 13-year-old girl from my home town was murdered. Everyone has been pretty upset ever since. And a lot of similar stories started emerging. And the stories go something like this. A kid meets someone online, and they talk, and they meet and then they get hurt. Many people blame social networking sites. I mean, I understand them to a certain extent. It is human nature to look for something to blame. But as someone who thinks that Facebook is a great idea, I also think it’s unfair to put all the blame to it. It’s sort of like when people blame guns when someone gets shot. People shoot people. Guns just help out. But people would hurt other people even if there were no guns. Same, a child may encounter creepers without the help from the internet. Admittedly, the internet speeds things up.  But I think the main problem here is the fact that the whole internet phenomenon is still pretty new, and most of the parenting generation probably doesn’t understand it that well. When your child sits at home in front of the computer, you feel like nothing bad can happen to your kid. But that’s not exactly true. Sure, there’s probably no immediate physical danger, but there are other types of abuse. There have always been people who want to hurt other people. That’s why you teach children not to talk to strangers and be careful and stuff. So why not also teach them not to talk to strangers and be careful while online too? That would make sense to me.

Feeling pretty opinionated,

Nooodle.