Up the Evolutionary ladder
"Much ado about nothing!"
Given all the celebrations, conferences, special issues and TV programmes, everyone must know by now that it is 200 years since Charles Darwin was born and 150 years since the publication of The Origin of Species (1859). Among the spate of books published on this occasion, one actually stands out in its novelty: the claim that Darwin's evolutionary theory was inspired by his hatred of slavery, as especially experienced during his epic Beagle voyage (Desmond & Moore, 2009). It is a nice try, but it does not convince me; Thomas Malthus and the Galapagos finches provide a much more plausible origin for the theory of evolution by natural selection.
Darwin was, after all, a man of his time, class and society. True, he was committed to a monogenic, rather than the prevailing polygenic, view of human origins, but he still divided humanity into distinct races according to differences in skin, eye or hair colour. He was also convinced that evolution was progressive, and that the white races—especially the Europeans—were evolutionarily more advanced than the black races, thus establishing race differences and a racial hierarchy. --Steven Rosson Embo Reports website
According to the latest scientifiic conclusions, humans are 99.98% genetially identical. The .02% percent difference between any of us is largley aesthetic ( just as Darwin and we observe it to be--skin color, hair type and color etc.--all trivial differences).
Darwin viewed himself as "white" and atop the evolutionary ladder. Lower down the rung were the yellow, brown, blacks (the closest to the apes). Finally, there were the mongrels (mixtures of the "pure strains") of any of the aformentioned groups (used as a term of convience).
Usually we think of evolution, in terms of new body types or transitioning body types. Where are these evolving body types evident in the so called differennt races Darwin defined into existence?
Racism as we observe it today is not a function of biology but is a mental cognitive construct of the human mind. We color our view of others as if their skin color controls them! No indeed! We control our view of others by our worldview, relgigon or phiolsophy of life--our belief system! Our personal philsophy, which in most cases is eclectic, is the source of our conflicts between oursellves and others.
We tell, ourselves how to respond to our ennvironment by use of our philosophical (mental) concepts we have stored in our mind (our philosophy of life) Feelings (emotions) are triggered by our cognition of our philosophical concepts (thinking).
The deception is that external events and circumstances trigger our emotions. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Our mind has been set up by us! We are deceived when we tell ourselves things like "They made me mad!" So ,like a troop of insane actor we deliver our lines to ourselves and believe we are controlled by events and others. Worse yet, we have formed a neurotic agreement with others to back up our self deception! Anyone that dares to take exception to our neurotic agreements will suffer our rejection.
Listen in on your conversation with yourself and you will discover where all you problems come from!
Thus, instead of owning causation of our disturbance, we blame exterals (others and or the environment). This is a misdiagnosis. Instead of "I upset myself over what she said," it's "She upset me!" or, "It made me mad!" Notice, there is no reasoning with it as it is not a concious entity. Thus, an exercise in fuility!
In truth, we are individuals controlled by individual minds equiped with numerous and often conflicting philosophical concepts! We individally tell ourselves how to respond to stimuli in our evironent.
"Oh! That person has brown skin and I have white. That means that they are inferior to me. They shouldn't exist and I am bothered by them existing! How dare such vermen cross my path!" etc.
Until we address the actual cause of our inability not to get along (our personal belief system) we will continue to neurotically interact with ourselves and others. Get it? So, ask yourself.What am I telling myself to feel the way I do? The only way to stop the insanity is to quit!