I have come to realize that our differences, our individual uniqueness, our viewpoints on life and our fellow humans will eventually destroy us as a species.
I awoke this morning thinking about the circumstances of my birth and the experiences I went through growing up. These are what formed me as an adult.
We have no choice of who we are born to or the life we are born into. Some will be born into poverty or abuse, neglect or just plainly not ideal circumstances. Others will be born into wealth and all the advantages of life. Because of these factors, our way of treating others is determined. Whether you are rich or poor, you look at the world from different perspectives.
If you are born into the lower classes of life, you begin at a definite disadvantage. You develop anger, despair, frustration, or just plain hopelessness. Your education level is diminished, your earning potential is less, your pathway in life is a lot more like growing up on a road full of potholes and crumbling pavement.
On the other hand, being born into the upper class affords you the luxury of all the opposites of poverty. You attend better funded schools, you dress better, you can afford cars and luxuries others don't have, thereby giving you a much better chance at a better life.
Which brings me to my point. Because of, let's say 1000 people of the ultra rich, who own 98% of the wealth in this world, we are set upon each other to destroy ourselves, while they sit in their castles and laugh. We are our own worst enemy to ourselves. This country and the world are split 50/50 among the haves and have-nots.
I was born into the have-not category, but with a very bright mind and 2 wonderful women who taught me empathy, Sure, I was bullied for that. Pansy, 4 eyes, etc. but I learned how to care about others even less fortunate than me. I also learned how to deal with the rich brats. We are all a variation of our environment growing up. At the age of 18, I had taken enough and my anger finally spilled out. I finally confronted one of the bullies of my life, and I had so much anger built up inside of me if I had so much as touched him, I probably would have killed him. But I didn't. Scared the shit out of him, but I didn't harm him. That taught me a lesson I never forgot. You are going to meet these people all your life, learn to adjust and live with it and try to change their views. That's all you can do.
We also learn biases. The wealthy are predominately white, therefore a majority look down upon people of color because of learned biases, while people of color have biases in the opposite direction, jealousy, envy, etc. Can you imagine if the world were more evenly divided, that each person had the same advantages?
Whites believe they are losing those advantages due to changing demographics, and they don't like it, so their politics go the way of greed and anger. We are at constant war, fought by the lower classes over oil and munitions. We no longer are a species but rather 2, burning opposite ends of the candle, which sooner or later, presumably sooner, we will destroy ourselves through stupidity.
I truly feel sorry for the upcoming generations, as we are rapidly destroying any chance of them having a decent chance at a decent life. We have already destroyed our home planet, and believe me, we are already beyond the point of being able to save it. But Earth will adapt and survive, after man is gone. It's too bad we didn't learn soon enough!
May peace be with you the rest of your journey!