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Equality vs. Being “Special”

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Peace…

I am here to challenge your comfortable and familiar perceptions and paradigms — to help awaken you — to make you think.” — AAJG

The Importance of Skin “Color”

Oh, did you think there was one? Importance? Er… No. None, whatsoever. A person’s skin “color” should have nothing to do with anything, yet in our society it still seems to “matter” to far too many people. Unfortunately, there are still people who seem to judge others based on the pigmentation in their skin. A person’s skin “color” is wholly irrelevant to who they are as a human being. It should not make one more loved, or more hated — more accepted, or more rejected. It should not determine one’s fitness for a friendship or a love relationship — or to be your neighbor. It should not determine whether one is, or is not, qualified for a job, or a promotion, or an internship, or a scholarship. One’s “skin color” (I literally hate even using the term.) has no bearing on the quality or character of a human being, whatsoever. None. It does not determine who a human being is, or what they stand for, or what they can contribute to society and achieve personally. It does not determine “goodness” or “badness.” It does not make one better than, or worse than, any other human being on earth. It does not give one greater or lesser beauty, or intellect, or courage, or talent. It does not make one more or less compassionate toward others, or more or less generous, or kind, or hateful, or gentle, or violent — or honest, or dishonest. It does not determine whether or not one is dependable, or honorable, or anything else. One’s skin “color” is a completely benign — inert — superficial — unremarkable — unimportant physical characteristic. It has no effect on one’s character, or personality, or psychology, any more than eye color does. None. Skin “color” is simply a physical, visual representation of the density of certain substances (such as the pigment melanin) in skin cells. Skin pigmentation does not determine or affect one’s behavior or character — at all. It is simply our bodies’ evolutionary adaptation to varied climates and levels of UV exposure. According to Wikipedia, it “evolved to primarily regulate the amount of ultraviolet radiation penetrating the skin, controlling its biochemical effects.”

So a person’s skin “color” doesn’t (or shouldn’t) matter in any way to any us. It’s a nonexistent “problem” that society created and turned into an actual problem by grouping and labeling humanity according to only one of the trillions of attributes and characteristics that comprise each unique, individual human being — and oddly, it’s not even an important characteristic. Can you imagine if they had decided to group us together according to our eye color, or our thumb circumference, or our shoe size instead? Grouping humanity according to skin tone is no less asinine. It serves no purpose — except to governments, politicians, and industries, because it makes us easier to divide and manipulate for various (rather obvious and nefarious) purposes. Such grouping by skin tone has never served humanity’s, or the individual person’s, best interests, however.

Besides, no two so-called “white” people are the same “color,” no two so-called “brown” people are the same “color,” and no two so-called “black” people are the same “color” either.  No one can say where the “white” category ends and the “brown” category begins.  No one.  Neither can anyone determine where the “brown” category ends and the “black” category begins — and to be truthful, I have never actually seen a truly “white” or “black” human being. The truth is, that we are allpeople of color.” All of us. We are all some shade of brown. Some lighter, some darker.  Collectively, we human beings are all varying shades of the same smoothly gradient brown color palette or spectrum. We are all brown.  Humanity’s ridiculous, senseless (almost childish) habit of grouping, categorizing, and then labeling people (regardless of the intent/motive) can sometimes be extremely problematic — and irritating. And it is usually very divisive, in the end.

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Again, one’s skin “color,” or tone, or shade (however one chooses to term it) says nothing about who a person is — what they are made of — what they are capable of. People (of all races, ethnicities, cultures, and nationalities) who are fixated on “skin color” as a determiner of character, or as a basis for judging others, need to enlighten themselves. They need to evolve beyond the lunacy of placing importance on unimportant physical characteristics like a person’s skin tone, and just start treating their fellow human beings as they themselves would like to be treated — “according to the content of [that person’s] character” (in the words of my personal hero, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.).  That alone, would solve a great number of our society’s problems.

When I served in the U.S. military, we literally never referred to one another’s skin color. To erase that potential mental divider from our minds, we said that we are all “green” (referring to the color of our camouflaged utilities, our t-shirts, our socks, our camo paint, and so many other items of our equipment back then). We referred to one another as “light green” and “dark green” Soldiers/Sailors/Airmen/Marines. It became an endearing and very unifying thing for us. I believe it helped everyone to see past our completely unimportant physical differences (that civilian society had taught us were somehow important), and view one other as equals — as brothers — as family. It was very unifying. We were all green. In that same spirit, maybe the rest of us can just be brown — “light brown” and “dark brown.” Maybe we civilians, too, can learn to overlook our unimportant differences and come to view one another as equals — as brothers and sisters — as family — as neighbors — as friends. It’s just a thought.

Finally, I  offer the following for your further consideration:

Click to enlarge. Screen capture from the Microsoft Paint application, showing the predefined, standard colors. The left and center (and rather shaky-looking) arrows point to "Brown" as they have defined it on the standard color palette. Hovering over the space indicated by the center arrow, brings up a tool-tip that says, "Brown."

Click image to enlarge. Screen capture from the Microsoft Paint application, showing the predefined, standard colors. The left and center (and rather shaky-looking) arrows point to “Brown” as they have defined it on the standard color palette. Hovering over the space indicated by the center arrow, brings up a tool-tip that says, “Brown.”

Click to enlarge. Clicking the "Edit Colors" button (as indicated by the far right arrow in the first image above), opens this dialog. Note along the right edge, there is a vertical indicator of the infinite variations (or "shades") included in the color brown—from the very light, to the very dark. Clicking and holding the small arrow pointer and sliding it up and down the smoothly gradient brown color spectrum, allows one to select which "shade" of brown to use. ALL are shades of brown, though.

Click image to enlarge. Clicking the “Edit Colors” button (as indicated by the far right arrow in the first image above), opens this dialog. Note along the right edge, there is a vertical indicator of the seemingly infinite variations (or “shades”) included in the color brown — from the very light, to the very dark. Clicking and holding the small arrow pointer and sliding it up and down the smoothly gradient brown color spectrum, allows one to select which “shade” of brown to use. ALL are shades of brown, though.

Be kind to one another.

Peace…

I am here to challenge your comfortable and familiar perceptions and paradigms — to help awaken you — to make you think.” — AAJG

Hispanics to Obama: “We helped you, now you help us.”

A response to the article found here.

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“Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”  My, how our nation has changed since the days of President John F. Kennedy.

So the Hispanics feel that they “helped” President Obama, and they now demand that he “help” them in return?  Wow.  Blatant political quid pro quo.  Conceptually, how is this any different from a professional lobbyist who makes a significant campaign contribution to a lawmaker, in exchange for a vote that will benefit those whom the lobbyist represents?  It just sounds sleazy and unethical—and it’s probably even illegal.  It’s one of the things that is most wrong with our country now.

We helped you, now you help us.”  It makes it sound as if it was either the illegal aliens who “helped” the president (by voting illegally?) and now they want amnesty for themselves and their families; or maybe the Hispanic U.S. citizens voted en masse for him and now are demanding amnesty for their illegal alien brethren—based solely on their ethnicity.  Neither of them sound very good for America.

John Kennedy’s words should apply just as powerfully to new immigrants and to prospective immigrants, as they do to American citizens.  There is far too much ME in America today.  It is very sad.  It is too bad we haven’t had a president who is a real leader, and a healer, and a much needed “Uniter-in-Chief” in a LONG, long time.  President Obama is not that man.  He has already proven that.  President Bush certainly wasn’t.  He proved it too. President Clinton was far closer than most, I think, but even he was a long way from what we really needed.

It certainly would be nice if the so-called experts” in our government would finally do the right thing and CLOSE ALL BORDERS, and then adopt a sensible immigration policy and guest-worker programs that are in the best interests of the U.S. and its citizens and just end this nightmare!  But they won’t.  Ever.  So in reality, this issue/debate/problem will never go away.

All the turmoil, and the anger, and the division, and the “racial” tensions are killing us as a nation; as is the “me-and-my-group-first-at-all-costs” selfishness that seems so prevalent these days.

I believe it is mostly governments and religions that create the feelings in people’s hearts that are often perceived by others to be “racist.”  These things don’t exist naturally in the hearts of the vast majority of human beings (of any race or ethnicity), I think—least of all Americans of the 21st century (among the most generous and welcoming people in the world).  In this case, our government has continued to grossly mishandle the border/immigration issue for decades (PURPOSEFULLY and for political gain for themselves and for their respective parties).  They are knowingly allowing a bad situation to exist and to continually worsen, and when IT (i.e., the situation that THEY created and allowed to continue) causes great tensions between the citizens of our country (and also with and for the peoples of the world who want to immigrate here), they simply allow it to continue (because it serves their strategic political purposes to do so) and they label the citizens “racist” (or allow them to be wrongly labeled so by those who support unfettered immigration) instead of looking at the truth of what is happening and taking responsibility for CAUSING and perpetuating the problem themselves, and then implementing a sensible and PERMANENT solution that ACTUALLY WORKS–and one which creates/restores peace, harmony, and unity among the citizenry—including the newly immigrated and those who are here as non-citizens on visas or work programs.

In this particular case, millions upon millions of Americans are angry over the illegal and disrespectful WAY millions of citizens of other countries are coming here, and the disrespect that they show once here.  My wife is a first-generation Mexican-American and she literally can’t stand what she calls “the arrogant and disrespectful way they come here.”  She says it embarrasses her and it angers her, as a Mexican-American.  Millions of Americans (of all races and ethnicities) agree with her, and they are no more racist than she is, though that label will continue to be purposefully misapplied—because it is an effective way to shut people up and win debates.  (BTW, my wife’s parents immigrated here legally in the 1950’s, and have become proud U.S. citizens.)

And now, President Obama, as Samwise Gamgee said to Faramir of Gondor in the caves of Henneth Annûn in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, “Now’s a chance to show your quality.”  SOLVE the problem and help heal our nation!  Show us some change we can ALL believe in.  BEGIN with CLOSING DOWN both borders, or anything else you do is a total joke!  If you permanently sealed off both borders FIRST, I think all Americans would be drawn to your intelligent leadership and would be okay with any sort of amnesty program you want to implement (even those who might otherwise oppose it), because they would be assured that this is the LAST time America will have to go through this!  Then, I think all concerned would be mostly satisfied, and some pretty significant national divisions could finally be healed.  It’s time to show your quality, Sir!

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