This week there is less a tease for my Friday column – and more of a setup.
As societies, we keep reinventing ourselves – to a point where we are bursting at the memes. Each time we reinvent ourselves in the name of human progress, some important things fall into the cracks and crevices which form between our so-called advancements. I often think tolerance, respect, and mindfulness need be kept on short leashes, that we ensure they make it from one generation into the next.
Here is a excerpt from this Friday’s column on prejudice:
“It seems, relative to the turmoil of recent decades, that racial prejudice in America might be on the decline, and that racial tolerance could be on the rise. Though absolute racial harmony may never happen, I am grateful for recent progress.
I won’t get too happy though — just over the hatred horizon there is an age-old prejudice on the rise once again; one involving god, God, or the belief in gods. I recently watched a TED lecture by Richard Dawkins, calling for an outright war against the belief in God — what he calls, “militant atheism.”
Conversely, many Christians look down on atheists and agnostics more than ever, as the scum of the Earth, and would’t want their daughter to marry one. It seems that as we have become more accepting of the variance in human skin colors, we are less accepting of contrary opinions on just who made and who dyed the skin — or not. Let’s face it, we just need somebody to hate.”
Please check back this Friday, July 30th, and to see how this might relate to the concept of fitness. Thank you. rc
Oh, and there is this very important lesson on bigotry from Shakes The Clown (warning — some bad language):