posted on May, 22 2014 @ 08:18 PM
Mark Cuban is one of those guys whose interest in business and entrepreneurship has handicapped their ability to think objectively about things like
Essentially, he doesn't seem to regard Sterlings remarks with indignation. Instead, he gives us a scenario where he himself would base his actions on
bigoted thought processes. In a sense, I agree that were always being affected by implicit thought patterns, some of which are "racist" or
stereotyped. But that isn't really the question, is it? The question is, what kind of world Mark Cuban wants to live in. By making that statement,
he's confessed his own beliefs about human nature. Criticizing, or debarring, a bigot like Donald Sterling appears to people like Mark Cuban as
To make things simple, Mark Cubans own "entrepreneurial" (read: extremely competitive for gain) spirit allows him to degrade human awareness to only
those things which benefit the self. This issue - condemning a man whose views reflect a FALSE i.e hateful, gratuitous, ignorant - belief system,
signifies a deeper collective wish in people: that we can make this world better.
If people were perhaps a little more scientific minded, they would be impressed by the knowledge human beings have gained of their own neurological
anatomy and its functioning. Everything we used to frame in philosophical and ideological i.e wholly abstract terms, can now be put into biological
terms as well. It's both humbling and exciting. The brain is so finite, yet our capacities as thinking and feeling beings is unlimited.
One of the important findings of neuroscience is neuroplasticity. This essentially means that a change in behavior-environment index will instigate a
neurochemical transformation in the brain. The anatomy of the brain literally changes moment by moment. This allows us to conceptualize a "change of
belief" as a change in BRAIN CONSTITUTION. The brain changes when we change a behavior, which implies that the mental experience can move from a
state of "racism" to a "compassionate love". The former individual, with a gradual opening up, can move from a donald sterling to a pope
This is why Donald Sterling is wrong, and why Mark Cuban is wrong. It is superstitious to think human selfishness cant be overcome. We can see in the
brain that changes in belief literally change brain structure. And, if Mark Cuban decides that "inevitability" is not his primary defense, and
instead argues that people shouldn't tell one another not to do - i.e an extreme libertarian position - then he merely shows that he's a sociopath.
If the concept of responsibility doesn't mean anything to you - and if you only act responsibly to avoid penalty, then there is something wrong with
I'm not sure if Mark Cuban is a sociopath. Sometimes, people can be selfish because they are unable to move out of that "pleasure" zone because
doing something right would force them to experience an unpleasant (in comparison) emotion. I suspect that this is whats happening in the minds of
people who struggle with narcissism. They're so focused on their own mental perspective that they don't allow themselves to cogitate other minds. If
their own experience involves "acting on the object in the environment for pleasure", they will feel weird and awkward connecting with their
environments in the mode of I-Thou. That's not to say that they aren't capable of experiencing emotions like love, compassion, empathy, gratitude.
It's just that these emotions just dont seem to stick and become "automatic" responses like in the minds of emotionally balanced people. Before you
call this genetic, consider the positive feedback effects of the environments they interact in. To really change, you need a new environment. A simple
choice could change that environment, which in turn could elicit the positive feedback effects of positive emotional growth.
If people are bigoted, they shouldn't be. By Bigot, I mean an unreasonable discrimination of people based on skin color, ethnicity, gender, sexual
orientation, religion, political beliefs etc. Would it be bigoted to cross the street when a guy with tattoos over his body crosses the street? In one
sense, yes, and in another sense, no. People who dress that way tend to be a part of gangs, which means they might be violent. And since "self
preservation" can be such a strong instinct within us, we'll make the discrimination against walking past the tattooed hispanic lookiing guy. Is
this wrong? No. This situation is far too gray to call right or wrong. Different people can look at the same situation differently. And it mostly
depends on the initial feeling upon seeing the guy. If you're feeling good, you'll want to "advocate" for the persons possible goodness and so
walk by him, and maybe give him a smile. But if probability and frequency of attacks from people like this is your first thought, and its reasonably
justified to react this way, then you'll discriminate and cross the street.
The sad and frustrating fact of discrimination is that it promotes discrimination. When people prejudge one another and treat one another in a closed
way, as if they were "workin them", it causes people to want to respond in the same way.
There's an interesting parallel here with physics. A basic law of Newtonian physics states that every action will have an equal and opposite
reaction. This is sort of how people are when they're relating to each other in automatic "programmed ways".
If someone looks funny at us, when they look at us again we'll respond with a similar reaction. To "equalize" it, as it were. On the other hand,
when we mindfully attend to our own awareness, we can recognize that people aren't completely determinative. In a sense, the Christian or Buddhist
ethic of pacificism reflects something about quantum mechanics. Quantum Mechanics is the core reality underlying classical physics. In the same way, a
"possibility of responses" underlies a response pattern that is largely dependent upon external stimuli. Since the latter scenario is highly
contingent upon how you respond, it could actually be wise to walk past people with a sense of serenity and goodwill because your basic facial
patterns and way of carrying yourself will affect their minds, in all probability, as non-threatening and therefore safe.
We'll every situation in life go good? No. There is a lot of trust and love for other people in this perspective. You can't always know how people
will respond. But you should feel a sense of connection with other people, because liek you, they are "time beings", sentient creatures like
yourself experiencing the same existential reality. Were alive and we know it.