The Human Race is the Only Race

We all should be concerned as to where we are racing too.

If the truck gets stuck we all get stuck

We are considerably more different from one another in all the things of no importance than we are different due to genetics.  Our religions, our politics–these things of no real “intrinsic” (genetic) purpose in our lives–are what drive us to war, prejudice, greed and selfishness.

Genetically, the human genome, over all the globe, is different, person to person, less than .5%.  No matter how different we look, speak, smell, pray, or live in denial, we are ALL 99.5% the same.

The very notion of talking about racial differences is absurd in this light.

Talking about the Mexicans, or the Americans, or the Muslims, or the Jews in terms of race, is focusing on all the stuff that does not matter—not race.

Racially motivated killings, mass shootings, beatings and worse are not “racist,” on a genetic level.  These acts are done by mentally ill, idiotic, misinformed, misogynistic ASSHOLES not racists.  To blame race is to add something that is not possible, as a distraction from our dealing with the real problems of mental health, poor education, misguided religion, greed, nationalism, and privilege (this is the short list).

It ignores the Golden Rule and even goes against the supposed tenants of most religions.

Race is something fixed, built-in, permanent.  To call something learned (being an asshole etc), something that is “built-in,” will get us all killed in the end.

To fix this, we must have the cajones to abandon what is not important, or at least be willing to take them off the front burner and focus on what we all have in common genetically.  We must turn off our inner asshole and embrace that we all sink or swim together because we are, the human race to the end.

The only race is the human race.

Charles Buell

We are really not all that important

Wherever one looks, it is difficult to tell that human beings are necessary to the ecosystem we live in.

There is ample evidence that we are capable of taking down the whole show along with everything else. I think this stems from a serious flaw in human thinking.

That flaw is the idea there are higher and lower life-forms.

This delusion is capable of killing us all.

Charles Buell

If Jesus was here today…..

If he was here today, what might he have to say?

A tongue-in-cheek, comic-book view of our not so comical times.

 

Click on the Picture or the WWJD below

WWJD

White Robes and Pointy Hats (We have WAY more to worry about than the Supreme Court)

Regardless of where you fall in the recent Supreme Court nomination debacle, there is plenty of disappointment to wrap oneself in.

I suppose it is going to be easy for anyone to see themselves on the “winning” side or the “loosing” side, but there is even more likelihood of all of us ending up on the losing side.

I have great concerns about “due process” or the lack thereof in the entire proceedings.

There seemed to be no presumption of innocence until “proven” guilty. Perhaps there is time for that, but it was not a component of the discussion as much as many people seemed to think it was.

Both sides, and all opinions in between, seemed loaded with “knowing” the answers as opposed to recognizing there were, there are, simply way too many questions.

The real danger is the vigilante mentality that runs amuck today.

We use words like, seems credible, does not seem credible, X did this, Y did that, and draw conclusions according to one’s agenda regardless of the actual truth of the matter. In many instances these conclusions could not be supported by the facts even if we knew them. To further support our position, we turn what we “make up,” the conclusions we come to, TO BE THE FACTS.

We all seem to have forgotten the basic stuff we learned in Kindergarten.

We have forgotten, perhaps the only useful tenant of any of the religions around the world, living by the Golden Rule. If only more Christians acted like Christians. I am not going to add in the other religions, because we live in a predominantly Christian country and that fact appears to make it more part of the problem than part of any solution.

We are deeply divided in this country and it is not logical that 50% are wrong and 50% are correct.  Is either side ready to accept the possibility they are wrong?  The only option for movement that I see is for both sides to recognize they are both wrong and both right.

Our laws are in place to protect all of us.

If those laws rub up against one’s personal beliefs, is it the laws that are wrong or the beliefs that are wrong? If we bring God into the conversation, and there are probably just as many that cling to God on the left as on the right, can there actually BE a conversation?  How can God possibly be on both sides?

In this adult version of “my dad can beat up your dad,” we have my beliefs can beat up your beliefs, or are better than your beliefs, or are more important than your beliefs.

Perhaps, it is beliefs that is the problem to begin with and not the solution at all.

Theoretically we build laws that allow each of us to be who we are, so we can belief what we want to believe, become what we can become, while doing no harm to others. When those laws rub up against our own personal beliefs, we must ask the question, do they prevent us from having our own dream? Many people seem to think it is the “superior dream” that wins. This is America, everyone’s dream is equal.

Of course, there are grey areas that only time can sort out. We must wrestle with “public good” vs “individual good.” Sometimes the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the individual, and yet we must also avoid the tyranny of the masses.

Sometimes it is our greed that overrides taking care of our neighbors when they need a helping hand. There is an extremely dangerous assumption among those that “have,” that they could not in the blink of an eye be among those that “have not.”

This blindness, this denial, this head-in-the-sand mentality will always have a reckoning. If not in our lifetime, perhaps our children’s.

We defend our illusion with denial of science. We support what we want to believe with junk science. We see ourselves embracing superstition over logic, and fear over bravery. We see the pursuit of knowledge as dangerous to our way of life.

We must move past the lynch mob mentality, as we refuse to wear the white robes and pointy hats. We must be vigilant in making sure we are not embracing tyranny clothed in the appearance of righteousness—religious or otherwise.

We obviously need good laws to protect ourselves from each other, but more important to protect ourselves from ourselves.

We are obviously, as the past weeks have proven, not to be trusted.

Charles Buell

We the People, are better than this

The iceberg that is Trump, shows but a small portion of all that is hidden below the surface.

Apparently some people can conveniently ignore all that is below the surface, in the “hope” that he will do more good than harm for causes that are  icebergs themselves.  Hope is frosting on shit.  It “looks good” but………

Politicians on all sides have secrets, and these politicians we elect are but a reflection of ourselves–sometimes we like what we see in the mirror sometimes we do not.

The other day at the UN, Donald Trump said: “We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism.”

Please DO NOT include me in that “we.”

We live in a global economy, and denial will not make that otherwise.

The laws of the land apply and are for all of us (at least this is the ideal we work toward).  It is an imperfect process, not because it cannot be done but because of the baggage we all bring to the process in hard to leave behind.

As we think about what laws should be written, we need to ask ourselves, am I arguing for my own particular beliefs to be included?  If the answer is yes, any law that results will be wrong from the get go.  We are better than this, we are bigger than this.  Do not listen to those that would say otherwise.

We sink or swim as a planet–as the human race.  Notions of separateness can never accomplish anything but disaster for us all–or at the very least, only a short reprieve from lots of suffering and misery.

Even icebergs are able to get along, but sooner or later are absorbed by their environment.  True freedom will come from our not so much becoming ONE PEOPLES on earth, but recognizing and embracing we already are.

Charles Buell

Trumpty Dumpty, sat on a wall……..

The Beliefs we wear, are like the Clothes we wear

All the reasons we wear clothes can be applied to “beliefs” and sometimes we wear those beliefs on our sleeve.

We wear clothes to protect us from the rain, the sun and the cold. There are different clothes for weddings, funerals, the beach, going into space, going to the depths of the sea or to the tops of mountains.

There are special clothes for the bedroom and for dealing with mosquitoes.

Lawyers, priests, cowboys, ladies of the night, and sports teams all wear special clothes.

Clothes have artistic and symbolic meanings. We use body piercings, tattoos, head scarfs, masks, see-through clothes and peacock hats. All of these adornments have meaning, no meaning, or even meanings we are oblivious too.

Beliefs similarly are rampant with ritual, but they add levels of importance that cannot be supported logically.

When our clothes wear out, no longer fit, or result in wardrobe malfunction, we adjust accordingly after hopefully avoiding too much embarrassment. We wear clothes because we are required to per social norms–but with that we are firmly in the grasp of belief, even if you lived through the 60’s.

Ask a child to let go of their cherished security blanket after it finally dies in the washer. IT IS ONLY A BLANKET!

But it is a blanket with power to make the universe OK.

War, prejudice, social intolerance and greed are the result of being in denial about how our clothes no longer fit.

The whole world could use a change of clothes—or at the very least, not take their beliefs as seriously as their clothes.

There is tremendous amounts of blood, sweat and tears to wash out.

Charles Buell

Let’s Shoot the First Amendment

Sometimes people simply are Vulnerable and this is self-evident.

Sometimes given the huge Diversity of our population, and of the world, certain groups of people can benefit from Entitlement programs due to the entitlement claimed by others as the result of luck, greed, arrogance, or ignorance.

It is interesting that those that do not have to deal with being transgendered think they have the right to deny it even exists–this is a hide-your-head-in-sand approach to life.

We were all fetuses at one point in our lives, this is both Evidence-based and Science-based.

Are we seriously going to stand by, with our heads in a dark place, while the roots of the Second World War or McCarthyism get played out all over again?

Banning the CDC from using the above highlighted words should be an affront to all Americans.

Remember when even Catcher in the Rye was banned?

The heck with the Second Amendment, this is a direct assault on the First Amendment–perhaps the First Amendment will get shot by the Second Amendment.

Charles Buell

Heads in the Sand

As Americans, as human beings, it is essential we stand when necessary, kneel when necessary and even crawl when necessary.

When we stand when we should kneel, or kneel when we should stand, or crawl when standing and walking would have been better, is a great way to fail as a human being and as an American.

When we fail to allow those around us to act as their conscience dictates–that is the most un-American thing of all.

There is one other position that is worse than making a mess of the other choices, and that is keeping our heads in the sand.

Charles Buell

The elephant in the room

For those that have not noticed, Trump IS the elephant in the room!