The Gross National Debt

Friday, February 8, 2013

A closer look at racism


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Rodney King once lamented "Can't we all just get along?"

No, we can't.

Destruction from within
Some time back I heard a gent in a bow tie speak at a local church about division.

He quoted the words of a slave owner who said the best way to keep the slaves in line was to set them against each other. The slave owner said this was easy to do. Merely point out the differences in the slaves and let them build resentment against each other.

Call me racist if you wanna, but that slave owner was right. Look at the image to the right. Then read this story.

This young man has guts enough to put on attire that screams racism to prove a point - racism is bad, but what the same group of people does to each other is even worse.

Bravo Mr. Sixx King. What you do brings me joy and renews my hope in the human race. To see those who complain about what you are doing infuriates me and withers that hope.

If the truth hurts, you're living wrong.

The further truth is: Those who agitate for freedom from idiotological chains of slavery are attacked by those bound in chains.

It's not as much a case of Plato's Cave come to life as it is a case of an animal caged all it's life and taken to the wilderness and the cage door opened. The animal, faced with freedom, the unknown and something it has never experienced opts to stay in the cage, a place of security and familiarity.

A better way of expressing it: We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” and “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” Albert Einstein in both cases. And more personal to me, MOLLY HATCHET! Indeed, as DJB sings, how many times must the peacemakers die? How many times will the children cry.

Peacemakers throughout history, those who seek to bring people together, are reviled, assailed, attacked, rejected just as those who cry for freedom and independence are jailed and killed. Those who seek to open the minds (not the brains) of others are demonized.

Why?

Because, as I am fond of saying, if the truth hurts you're living wrong.

Yet, those who refuse to be bound continue the struggle. I salute them. I cherish them. I wish I could be more like Byron Thomas (see image at right) who rejected indoctrination and set about learning for himself.

And here's your history lesson - http://www.examiner.com/article/black-student-wins-right-to-display-confederate-flag

That old slave owner I refer to at the beginning was right all the way down the line no matter the people under discussion.

We don't need racism to tear us apart. We just need someone to stand and point out the differences between us. Then, we're happy to set about the path of destruction in the name of ourselves.

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