posted on Mar, 16 2013 @ 07:01 PM
Expat - I agree. Our constitution is a fine document. "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" comes from the Declaration of Independence not
However, I do take your point. My point is that those freedoms, those inalienable rights only applied to certain classes of people. Everyone else
was not entitled to those rights. At the time - this wasn't even questioned. The issue of slavery was discussed but not deemed important enough
when weighted against unnaminimity approval of the Declaration of Independence.
So it is to this day. Some people are not seen as real people, in fact not human. I see you are in Japan, an expat there was a time in Japan (and
may even continue to be true) that one had to be a genetic Japanese to be a citizen of Japan and Korean's living in the country for generations were
2nd class citizens. Many cultures treat women as less human then man. Isreal is exterminating palestinians as though they were insects.
It's not that the ideal is not revered, it's that people don't see ALL HUMANS as people. Part of it is the pain we would cause ourselves if we
truly saw that everyone on the planet was HUMAN and how we had ignored and treated each other through out time - thing about it. It's a psychic
survival mechanism. If I have to kill someone to stay alive, I really don't want to think about their children and friends and the pain I'm
causing, I would go insane AND MANY DO.
In the US it's so very pronounced because of our electic and immagrant herritage and getting here meant killing off all the people who were already
here. How did we do it - we didn't see them as human, just a vermin to be exterminated.
And regardless of what anyone may say, I beleive, that we, as individuals, are responsible for the actions of our forbearers, that we carry the
suffering they caused in our very genes and that the only hope we have as a people, a race and perhaps as a world is to acknowledge the murderous
hatred of the past and heal it today,tomorrow and into the future. The souls of all those who went before (victims and victimizers both) are calling
out for healing and that is our purpose on earth to heal ourselves and our families. Then and only then will be start the new world that is
Soapbox time - too much coffee today.