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    In the full spirit of @Dr. Rice 's tl:dr rants about popular fascism.


    Throughout history, humanity has continually sought to categorize. One can see this in a nursery, where children are taught to sort all the same shape into on pile, or all the same color into another pile. Humanity has continued this trend up into the categorization of flora and fauna, and even humanity itself. This “we” mentality of alike minds and bodies is considered essential to humanities development by some. QOUTE
    I do not agree. In my mind, this trait may have once been beneficial, yet has become something of a character flaw in a modern era. Humanity is a social animal. This trait let us conquer our environment, but paradoxically, now often leads to our own destruction. Due to our widening social group (which now encompasses near the entirety, thanks to modern telecommunications), humans can no longer rely on a feared “others” to contrast their own “we.” Often our “race” is chosen for us, and is often inaccurate. Many social groups might band together for mutual survival, yet, perhaps unfortunately, these groupings nearly always divide along “racial” lines. To our detriment, humanity will exclude those seen as different, depriving both groups of the skills and talents of the other. Clearly two humans pushing a boulder are more effective than one, in the same way, a united humanity is more effective than a divided one. As our technologies increase, and our need for resources grows, humanity will continue to face challenges that will require our co-operation for success. It is my belief, that only by presenting a united front toward any coming challenges, will humanity best be able to prosper.







    In the beginnings of history, humanity faced many challenges, environmental disaster, and competition for resources being the primary. Yet even though our fellow humans were most often our most bitter foes, eventually, humanity came to the realization that co-operation is more beneficial than competition. Scattered tribes and groups came together to form the city states of old, and the modern nations of today.
    Most historians agree that it is this co-operation that allowed us to survive what could have otherwise been species ending events (ice age, famine, etc…) QUOTE Still today, psychologists will use the analogy of a wolf pack when describing personalities as “alpha” or “beta.”





    As mentioned earlier, “race” is often more of a perceived identity than a factual one. Take my own case. My father’s father was pure blooded Chickasaw Amerindian, his wife was German, and Irish. This would make my father either Amerindian or White, in nearly anyone’s eyes. My mother’s mother was Norwegian and Scottish, and her husband was Scottish and Cherokee Amerindian. Presumably, this makes my mother also Amerindian or White. So what does that make me? Even though I am over a quarter Amerindian, in contrast to many other me members of my family, I look like a recruiting poster for the National Socialists Party, and everyone I have ever spoke to about it guesses me to be German or Russian. As one can see “race” is often a misapplied label, and can have no bearing on an individual’s genetic makeup. Yet humanity will let the color of someone’s eyes, the style of their dress, or even their perceived “race” divide them.











    As mentioned before, co-operation is clearly better than competition when it comes to humanity’s continued progress. Some might take a different view, saying that it is humanity’s competition that drives progress, perhaps pointing to the space race of the 50s or the wars earlier in the century as engines of progress. To this I would reply: perhaps, but how much more efficiently could these tasks (space exploration, night vision tech, radar, radio tech, medical tech, etc…) have been accomplished if humanity had co-operated and shared information and results? We will most likely never know, yet it seems intuitive to me that if, say, America and Russia had worked together to send a man to the moon, said task would have been accomplished more quickly and with less total expenditure of resources. Some cynics might say that it is against human nature to co-operate, and only through managed competition will we be able to manage humanity’s progress. To them I would say: Humanity should strive and focus on the ideals of what we could become, rather than accept the shackles of what we are.




    Humanity has always been a social creature, so much so that today we stigmatize those who avoid social interaction. Yet paradoxically, we cling to a paradigm of “we” against “others.” Most often this division happens along what are often false “race” lines. It is only through overcoming this false paradigm, and recognizing and encouraging the benefits of a united humanity that will best be able to face future challenges. Not as a diverse collection of tribes, but rather as a united Race, ready to face the future.

    The QUOTE tags are just placeholders for me to throw in supporting quotes from my professor's favorite authors.
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    ...I actually have read this.
    And I fully agree.
     
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    For the record, I don't actually believe any of this shit, but know it will get me an A, so I play the game.