First, Min, beautiful picture beautifully rendered! Then the food for thought.
PietFrancke wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:26 pm
[...] What is it that draws out kindness? or meanness? When do we embrace, when do we reject? What makes us bullies? What makes us fair? What makes us fear?
Heads up! Another way too long boring essay because he's bored and it's cold out. Read at own risk.
Birds of a feather flock together.
uuglypher wrote: ↑
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:09 am
...and considering the top and profoundly shameful news of this day...your image...and message...are all the more apropos.
Good eye...profound message !
Thanks for posting
An ancient proverb going back to at least the Greeks, and so utterly true as this photograph attests. Look at Linda's birds on wires: all the same bird. Look on a roofline: line of all same birds. They know who they are and they stick together. It seems to me to be a quite literally natural
But they are birds!
Lions hang with lions. Gnus hang with gnus.
Humans (despite what bigots have tried to sell for probably millenia) are of the same feather.
"Yumans" as I like to kid around are just yumans. Every so-called "racial characteristic" is really just a biological taxon, morphological traits developed by evolution. Dark skin is a good adaptation against sunburn if you live where it's too hot to wear clothes. Light skin is a good adaptation for the prevention of rickets from vitamin D deficiency if you live where it's too cold to take off your clothes so you have to get all your sun from exposure to your face and hands. If a dark skinned person loves a light skinned person and they get it on their kids will be human
with a blend of their parents' taxonomies. Duh?
My contention is that if they were not simply human they could not breed and reproduce.
So far as I know (and I ain't a biologist nor a ornithologist) if you cross a pelican with a cormorant you will get a pelicant
(or is it a cormoran?)
. It will be a flightless bird with hairy feathers.
Serious though, so far as I know ya get nuthin'. Maybe you get eggs but they won't be a cross of the two birds. Not never. Not nohow. I don't think it can be done in a lab either; the DNA is just not compatible. In those rare cases where you can crossbreed things, like horses and donkeys, you get a mule all right, but mules are sterile; they cannot breed, nor can anything breed with them. There are interbred species that form new species but they are not common.
This is why, from a purely scientific viewpoint, I think racism is ridiculous. Yumans is yumans. Race shmace. If humans get it on you get little humans. Bigots are obsessing on superficials. Dumb. What the bigot is really expressing is tribalism
I suspect that fear and loathing of "the other" is probably baked into our DNA. Like birds we prefer to "flock together." And what that
is, is tribalism
. We know that very generally, a tribe's name for itself translates roughly "US," and that tribe's names for other tribes translates roughly, "THEM." The great Sioux nation, hated and feared by all surrounding tribes for their ferocious aggression never called themselves "sioux." They are Lakota or Dakota or Hunkpapa, all of which mean roughly "us" or "our people," and could even suggest "the good guys." The term "Sioux" was applied to them by their hereditary enemies, the Chippewa. When French explorers asked the Chippewa, "Who are those guys?" the Chippewa replied in their language something to the effect, "Those guys are snakes!"
Whatever the heck they said the French eventually garbled it around to Sioux, which is not actually a word at all in any native language but was meant to mean snake, and satan, and those-bums-over-there-that-we-hate-a-lot. The "name" Sioux is actually a made-up pejorative from another tribe that didn't like them. The point of all that yadayada (he has a point?) is that there is no discernible "racial" difference among (especially) Plains tribes (and the DNA evidence is even stronger), but they were still capable of what amounted to race hatred, and that goes back that 200,000 years I'm always yakkin' about. The Sioux and the Crow were bitter hereditary enemies, so bitter in fact that the Crow (also not their real name) threw in with the Great White Father to defeat the Sioux. Crow scouts led Custer to the Little Big Horn and died with him. When the tribes were all subdued the Great White Father in his infinite wisdom very often took Crow and Sioux (and other enemy tribes) and stuck them on the same reservations
and then wondered why they couldn't all just get along (wal they's all injuns ain't they?).