Politics, religion and ideology, nothing but personal predilections.
After all my years of debate in the past 11 years I see the same thing, the thing that is obvious beyond labels and rooted in our evolutionary survival. We did luck out with our brains in the fact that we can think and create, and have improved in short time relative to other species, in mastering not only our environments, but our ability to invent and look forward.
However, when one takes this blip in our history in evolutionary context, it is nothing short of an illusion. We still fight each other over resources like rival ant colonies or cockroach colonies or bee colonies. We still put consuming in tribal self interest above any long term damage it may do to the ecology of humans and the life we depend on to survive.
In short our species still fails to accept that our strive for resources has never, like any species in evolution, involved a majority of that species that is long term thinking. Life is all generational and evolution has never involved any long term thinking.
It has only been recently in our species history because of our evolved self awareness, that we do think beyond making a baby and what life will look like 1,000 years from now. Unfortunately for our species, while we have thought about the future, the same tribalism prior to our modern science, in which Christians and Muslims and Chinese and Hindus, use the same computers and cell phones and go to doctors, we still look at that future, not as a neutral venture, but as something we tribally exploit to our own self interest.
I would be lying to say I don't have my own ideas of how humanity could do better. But where we fail constantly is the same thing that drives us, both as clubs and individuals, we as a species fail to see that we have never ceased to be the same species. We have never ceased to want the same things. Our divided nature is no different than rival ant colonies fighting.
Our problem is not what divides us, our problem has always been that evolution drives us to self interest and self survival. It isn't that doing that is bad, otherwise no human, no matter what country they live in, would not look both ways before crossing the street. Our problem is that we falsely think because we hold a label, that by proxy our label constituted the invention of ours species.
Our problem solving as a species has never been about banning bitching or demanding silence, our problem solving has always been about our common condition.
"We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers."Obama
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