posted on Jan, 29 2012 @ 06:14 PM
Violence is a characteristic of the human species. It's how we began, it is (for the most part) how we continue.
In the beginning we fought over food resources and hunting territories, and when one group wins there are two basic options:
1) Kill the losers
2) Enslave (place in captivity) the losers
Is exterminating the losers (as some theorize "we" did to the Neanderthal) any more humane or civilized than enslaving them? Really?
Slavery in one form or another continues to be practiced in the modern world, it just doesn't necessarily occur along racial lines.
Not so long ago US citizens were drafted into the military, whereupon they became the property of said military. How is this *not* slavery? Try to
argue with me if you wish, but first explain this: When, once upon a time while I was in the US Navy, I managed to acquire a sunburn so bad that I
couldn't work, I was written up and punished for damaging military property.
In other countries around the world, forms of slavery continue to exist. If you can honestly deny this, please crawl out from under that rock and PM
me, I'll try to help you find a better place to live.
Human history could easily be expressed as a list of horrors and atrocities perpetrated upon one group by another. We seem to focus on the Holocaust
and American slavery, but a list of human atrocities including slavery, torture, sacrifice, persecution, and the extermination of whole
tribes/countries/ethnic or religious groups, and etc. could go on for pages.
Instead of continually pointing blaming fingers at each other and digging up the past as a way to justify being judgmental of others in the present
based on their race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, etc., why can't we just agree that we are what we are (human beings), we evolved through
violence and atrocities, and we're all trying to do better now that we're "civilized"?
Why can't we cherish whatever heritage, traditions, and symbols we wish and allow the other guy to do the same without having to judge and criticize
My own husband, being from Kansas City originally, has a fondness for the Confederate flag. To him it symbolizes independence, noncomformity, a
"don't mess with me or you'll regret it" attitude, and "traditions" ranging from great barbecue to hunting for your own food. The modern
"Southerners" (also called rednecks) I know cherish their individuality, independence, determination (also called "stubbornness"), creative
problem-solving (also called jerry-rigging), and love of family and community.
I don't see anything to hate in any of these values.