reply to post by thov420
I rather think that with regard to problems caused by differences in appearance, the problem is not the difference, but people being so ignorant and
shallow as to react to it. And let's face it, it is difference and diversity which make our species such an interesting subject to study, let alone
be a part of.
In Polynesia, amongst other locations, there are people who can dive off the back of a boat, with no scuba gear, hit the seabed, walk along it, spear
a fish, and then ascend after several minutes of submersion. High in the mountainous regions of the planet, those peoples who have descended from
ancient residents of the slopes, often have shorter limbs, wider chests, to accommodate the thinner air, and get enough oxygen to be able to move
around those lofty places without risking altitude sickness.
Human kind is fantastic at adapting to its environment, on the biological, structural, and psychological levels. The environment one grows up in, or
which ones parents and their parents grew up in, leads to adaptations which make the current batch of humanity more suited to their surroundings. So
our physical differences are actually incredibly important to our ability to be where we are in the world. However, it is the psychological
dysfunction of reasonless hatred of that which one does not understand, which so divides us.
We cannot move forward from this position, unless all such lazy minded nonsense, is done away with, differences accepted, and welcomed. My position
personally on this, is that every member of this human race, is my brother, my sister, a friend I have not yet met, until on individual merit, they
prove otherwise. Perhaps if all the people who hate difference were to adopt a more enlightened position than the one they currently hold, we can move
forward as a species.
Trying, however, to remove our differences will avail us of no benefit what so ever. It is the lazy way out of a situation which requires effort, and
comes from an over simplified understanding of not only the biology of mankind, but the psychology also.