Yes I know, it is now mid December and most people are sending out their version of “Seasons Greetings” and such. Well, OK, sure that is a nice thing to do. It IS customary even, so, to all who stop by here to read my rantings, I wish you one and all a very happy holiday season and may the coming new year be a good one for us all.
Before I get to the heart of this rant, the thing(s) I truly detest above all else, a comment on something I read today. The writer was commenting on how he/she was left with a feeling of inadequacy, or something like that. Now, granted I may have misread the intent of the author, I have done that before with various articles and books and no doubt it won’t be the last time I do so. My opinion is that this season does that to many of us. I have felt that way before and even now, sometimes still do. We feel that we have not just enough, but more than enough and so many have so little, many, not even enough to get by for one day. We feel we need to give more, of our resources and even ourselves.
In part, advertising does this to us. Notice how many appeals there are in December, even starting in November quite often, reminding us how so very many around the globe have a daily struggle to even get a barely adequate meal once a day. The ads remind those of us in the West, and America in particular, just how “blessed” we are with our needs and wants met and then some. True, but we ALL have limits. Yes, every one of us have limits, those limits are not just financial, but also physical. My case for example, I am disabled, have chronic back pain and a shoulder rotten with arthritis. I am physically limited by this, so my physical contributions are not at all what they once were. Also, age gets in here as a limit. The older we get, the more difficult some things are for us to do, just plain old age, natural process folks, we can’t beat it no matter what the TV, radio, or magazine ads tell us about some “new”, “improved”, “medical miracle”, or the newest “wonder drug/med/vitamin,device, etc.” for only $19.95 plus shipping. Then, the financial limits come along. Before you give away your funds, make certain your own bills are all paid up and that you have a few coins left, just in case.
Now, IF, a very huge if at that, you are younger, in “perfect” health (whatever that is) AND you have, oh say, ten times the bank account/personal wealth of Bill Gates and you feel you need to do more, well then, by ALL means yes, please DO so, now. Oh, and please, don’t cry too loudly nor pat yourself on the back so hard that you dislocate your shoulder. OK, that last was a bit sarcastic, but, well, that’s just me being me. Long time readers of this and the old blog know that I am quite sarcastic, even when making a genuine compliment even. Just my nature I suppose. I did mean that last with true sincerity if it helps any. If not, oh well.
Now, on to what really gets me the most pissed off. What I have near zero tolerance for is stupid. Mind you, stupid and ignorance are two very different things. Most of us, I’d say all, but some may object, are ignorant of some things. I am ignorant of quantum physics. Oh I have a very, very vague idea of what it is sort of about. Quantum physics deals with the very, very small, sub-atomic particles that make up larger things like protons, electron, neutrons, and atoms. Beyond that limited bit, I am in uncharted territory for me. I CAN, however, overcome my ignorance by reading books, like an introductory text on quantum physics or searching the interwebs and asking questions of a physicist. See, ignorance CAN be done away with quite simply.
Stupid is an entirely different thing. Stupid is also hard to define. It is sort of like what a Supreme Court judge is said to have mentioned with regard to pornography. He said that while he could not define it, he knew it when he saw it. Well, for me, stupid is like that. I can give individual examples of stupid, but not a definition of it. For example, when a very devout religious person demands that I respect his/her religion, but fails to respect my personal belief/nonbelief. It is also very rude, but often, rude and stupid go hand-in-hand in this life. One might even paraphrase the movie Forrest Gump and say; stupid is as stupid does. True, and rude goes along for the ride.
Well, stupid is NOT the number one thing I detest. Close, but not quite THE worst. What really is the most detestable thing to me is racism. I absolutely detest any and all forms of racist behavior. This world is full of the vile, detestable crap of racism and I refuse to be the least bit polite in calling it the biggest goddamn excuse of a behavior ever. What, just because a person has a darker tan (skin color) that I do, that person is less human than me? Where did that bullshit come from? I refuse, absolutely refuse to buy into that vile bullshit. Since when did skin color determine humanity? When did skin color determine how smart a person might be? Another question, just who the hell “decided” to group different peoples into the various “races” we have today? Excuse me for being a goddamn idiot, but in my opinion (and NO, it is not humble at all, screw that “humble opinion” shit) there is only ONE race; the human race. End of story. Yes, I know, anthropologists will look at various skulls and tell us that one is of Caucasoid origin, another Asian, and so on. Well, fine, that is a scientific classification. Does it “define” who or what that person was in life? Of course not. How could it? Since when has anybody, and seriously I DO mean anybody, ever been able to look at any skull and tell you anything about who that person was or how smart he/she may have been? Yeah, exactly, never! Granted, any remain teeth may give clues to the diet that person had, but not a great much more. The skull cannot tell any of us what work that person did, nor what she/he held special in life. It is just a skull.
Look, we are all human beings. We occupy this one, relatively smallish planet in a very ordinary solar system at the far edge of a rather plain, ordinary galaxy. To the best of our current information/knowledge bank, we are the ONLY planet with semi-intelligent life forms. In this solar system, the Earth is the ONLY planet fit for animal, and humans are animals, life to exist. Yes, we are fouling our own nest and we’d best stop and damn fast or we are all of us in for some very “interesting” times ahead. don’t have the answers folks. Man alive, I sure as hell wish I did. Not for the fame and glory, that shit is meaningless to me, but just to prevent the children who were born since you began reading this rant to not suffer our devastation and abuse of this planet.
The vileness of racism MUST stop before we can really start to tackle the seriousness of global warming and the disastrous effects that will have for all life. I mean, really people, just how in bloody hell are we going to even start to solve this crap if we continue to “believe” that those with darker skin color (better tans) are dumber than rocks? Oh sure thing there Sparky, that attitude is going to win all sorts of good friends and bring folks to your cause by the boat load. NOT! Oh, and never ever forget, those folks who have the better tans KNOW that you feel superior to them. It isn’t what you say, it is how you act. In particular, how you act when those “darker” folks aren’t around you. Yeah, your words AND your actions DO have consequences. Think about it.
I have a partial list of the racist/ethnic conflicts that are current, today, December 2013. Yeah, just how far have we come now? Ready, here is my partial list, and yes, I include some ethnic conflicts as that is a form of racist behavior in my opinion. In Australia, the treatment of the Aborigines, the Maoris in New Zealand, in Myanmar(Burma) the Rohingya (take THAT Su Kyi), USA, Canada the First Nations/native Americans (yes even in 2013!),Thailand the Karen, most obviously in Israel, the Palestinians, but ALSO even against JEWSISH peoples from Ethiopia! (yes, they DO have nicer tans than the European Israelis) and even other Africans who are fleeing oppression in their native African countries. And, remember, this is ONLY a partial list!
Now I might get some flack for not including the Mexicans in the USA. Well, that IS another ethnic deal of discrimination. Sorry folks, Mexicans and Hispanic peoples are NOT a race. Same with Islam, Muslims are NOT a race. Islam is a religion. it is NOT and never has been a race. Holy crap, IF Islam is a race, then Catholics are a race. Jews like to think they are, but, again, Judaism is a religion. Are converts to Judaism suddenly, upon conversion now a member of a different race? That would be something of a miracle in my view. Oh, by the way, I do NOT believe in miracles, so there, make what you will of it now.
I will not play the game of trying to say where the worst racism is, what country is worse than another. That, in my opinion, is a fools game. ANY racism is bad. Period, end of story. NO discussion needed. If any racist behavior is wrong, where it happens is not important. THAT it happens IS. Who does it is less a concern that the fact that it DID happen.
You can tell me I am fighting an uphill battle. Maybe so, but I don’t give a flying crap in hell. I detest racism and will never accept it in any form. I do not hate it. Hate, is too time consuming. I was taught that I should do whatever I do to the very best of my ability. Well, hate is such a vile negative that in my experience, those who do hate, get consumed by their own hatred. It takes time to do things right also, and I refuse to spend that much of the time I have left in this life on such a negative as hate. Hatred is for fools and worse. Now, I can and do detest racism to hell and gone. Detesting something does not need to consume one, even when done right. We all are able to do things correctly, the right way, and we are not consumed by those things. See, it CAN be done. But hate, on the other hand, is such a negative and so vile, it must rank right up there next to racism. maybe racism is a form of hatred, I don’t know, but it could be. Your opinions may vary.
Now, you may be asking, just what can I, as one ordinary person do about racism. Well, for one, you do not have to join in on it. You do not have to accept it. You can mention to family and friends that you think it is wrong. Now, do not go and put yourself in danger to do this. That will just possibly end up with you being seriously injured or worse. Do not confront a gang of racists as they can be very dangerous when in groups. Yes, many tend to be bullies, and when in groups, bullies can be very dangerous. There is no point in being a martyr.
You can post a blog entry, like this one. You can do more than you may think you can without putting yourself in any danger. How so? Simple, just treat ALL people the way you want to be treated. Do this every day, wherever you are.
I am a big fan of science, also of good science fiction. I enjoy reading about the possibility of space travel. Going to and living on some distant planet in some other galaxy. It IS possible even. No, not today of course, but, given the time and new technologies, it could be in distant future. But it will never happen unless and until we get past our damn foolish racist crap and our intra-religious crapola. Unless and until we stop killing each other for no real reason except being “different” whether skin color or religious belief/non-belief, we will never have any future among the stars. What would we do, take all that goddamn crapola with us? WHY?? That is NOT a future I want. The same goes with global warming as I said above. How in bloody damn hell can we solve a global problem if we continue the foolish racist crap that has been holding humanity down for so long? It does NOT have to be like this people. Correct me if I get this wrong, but wasn’t the old Roman Empire less racist than the USA of 2013? No, not towards the end of the empire, but in the years BCE. Wasn’t one of the emperors an African? Or at least of “mixed blood”? If I got this wrong, please, any history scholar/buff send me a correction and I WILL post it. Honest, I will. This is not to say life was swell back then. Just, we do not have to allow racism to exist today. It IS up to us, each and every one of us to put and end, a long overdue, final end to this vile scourge to humanity. Will we do it? Well, unless we try, all of us, really try, we’ll never know. Just think how nice this world could be without racism. Think of how many interesting people you could be friends with. As John Lennon sang; Imagine!
Until next time, please, please, just be good to each other. Treat ALL people the way you want to be treated.
Who knows, it just might change the world. Imagine that, being a part of a globe changing thing. Amazing to think about. Even more amazing to do. Just give it a try, for humanity. For the children and grandchildren. For us all. For you.