Racism is bad so people say.
Sometime ago it made perfect sense though.
Future people will perhaps denounce what we have now. “Hundred years ago people had imaginary boundaries called countries. Humans in some countries were left to die from hunger. Some from other countries died from obesity. Some from rich countries got paid to attend university courses. While others….” And perhaps they would call it countrism. People would say “There are some countrists in Addis Ababa, better stay away from there!”. “My country” would be replaced by “our world”. Perhaps…I hope.
But even so would everyone be happy? It seems that is what nature is about. Survival. It doesn’t matter how you come to this world. Be it by dividing yourself into two halves, coming out of the ground, cracking yourself out of your shell or getting pulled out by doctors. What do you do as soon as you come out? You fight! Fight fight fight. Fight till you have kids. Then fight some more until you die. Fight for your family. For your relatives. For your friends. For your town. For your country. For your world…. Fight for everything that is related to you. The closer something it is to you, the more you fight for it.
It is just an instinct that we have. To survive, breed and multiply our own kind. So, future people having become aware of “countrism”, can they then hope that wars will be over? I forget the movie title. It was set in the future. They had small gadgets to check how good a person’s genes were. Those with good genes were given access to everything while the rest outcasted. It made sense for them. They thought it was for the well being of everyone. Very well justified just as slavery was thought to be for the well being of those who couldn’t take care of themselves and would otherwise die.
Skin color, gene difference, born in different locations…. Is it hard to imagine a “nail discrimination” in a world where everyone is white, speaks the same language, same tradition, religion, etc but with one small difference – some like to grow their nails and others cut it short? The smallest difference has the potential to become the source for a major conflict. And speaking from science point of view, long term survival is not possible without diversity within the species. It seems our choices are,
1. We keep our differences and we survive, which also means we will continue to fight between ourselves to “protect” our own kind.
2. We lose our differences and die out eventually due to lack of diversity.
Isn’t it sad?
Actually not…There is a third option,