Thought For the Day…

Replace the word “racism” with the word “culturism” (it doesn’t exist, by the way, but should). Would that change anything? What would it change if so? Would it make a difference in how society sees diversity?

Think about it like this: if you couldn’t argue that “it’s in their blood” because culturism would say that biologically all humans are similar (excluding obvious differences in gender and skin color) what would be the point in discriminating against it? If discrimination were based on the differences in one society’s beliefs and practices how could you argue that one culture is superior to the other if there was no proof other than opinions? Would diversity become part of the culture instead of something for people to argue over?

We are moving towards a global unification. There is no doubt this will happen. History proves it to be true. Go read Roman history, Persian history, Chinese history, etc… empires were built and the point of empires is unification. We are simply walking towards a future that is certain. IF you remove the fear of that then why should diversity scare you? There is no point to fearing your culture will be eradicated. Like the Romans, they simply absorbed one culture after another.

This is what I was thinking about this morning while reading a history of humankind. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari is an excellent read, especially if you like books that make you ask questions.

Just wanted to throw this out into the void and see what y’all have to say.

xo Jesi

9 comments on “Thought For the Day…”

  1. bobcabkings says:

    I like that word, “culturism.” People do get “race” and “culture” mixed up together very consistently, often attributing to “race” what are actually differences of culture, with the implication that the features (generally ones of which they disapprove) are immutable (biological).

    As for the movement toward unification, there are political movements currently trying to move the othe way, at least in the West, such as the rise of Trump, Brexit, and similar developments in othe European countries. It remains to be seen how durable and effective these will be.

    1. Jesi says:

      I liked the word too. The book I mentioned uses it and I thought it described the real problem as well. The real trouble is that there is still that small minority who believe in the *pure* race and there is no such thing. Not a single one of us is descended from any one master race. We’re all mixed blood. DNA testing has proven that. So culturism is a better descriptor than racism for the majority of differences. But racism is alive and well, and I think it’s that small minority that is causing the trouble there.
      I see unification not as big an issue as most people around me. I think those like Trump are simply using it to instill fear into the people. As this book describes it there’s an “us” against “them” mentality that began during the agricultural revolution and it still exists today. I think global unification will happen and I think we’re all in that stepping stone phase right now. It is still many years away from happening but I think it really is just a matter of time. Whether people like Trump and those who voted for Brexit can push their agendas forward and keep immigration from being incorporated into existing norms does remain to be seen. We’ll all just have to sit back and watch what happens.

  2. Lizzi says:

    I think culturalism relies on so many things, though. Infrastructure and economy, for two! These are so vastly different throughout the world, in some ways it’s too easy to point the finger at places which are poorly connected, with high poverty rates, and say “THAT is why!” and make the comparisons of how ‘we’ are better than ‘they’. Problem is, so many of the issues are to do with the surroundings. Put any two humans in identical situations, removed from all the context of everyday life, and I hope very few people would feel able to say, objectively, that one were ‘better’ than the other. So much of the issue has to do with geography and history, and no forward movement can override either of those :/

    1. Jesi says:

      BOOM. Yes.
      I know that for me personally I could stand right next to anyone and know that I’m not socially better than anyone else. I say it that way because there will be areas I might be better than they are such as specific abilities such as knitting. I also will be worse in areas and they will be better. For instance, being white makes me more susceptible to certain diseases such as malaria which an African is not. Their genes will be stronger in this regard. To say that there are not differences is to blind yourself to facts and not acknowledge what is good and strong in one person or what is bad. We all have strengths and weaknesses but this does not make one race or culture better than another and I think diversity strengthens everyone. Look at inter-breeding. When families only marry within families it weakens the line so new (diverse) blood must be introduced so as to strengthen the gene pool. This happens with animals (especially horse breeding) all the time.
      Geography and history do play a huge part in the issue. Ignorance of cultural differences and fear are always at the root of it all.

      1. Lizzi says:

        Intrinsically though, I think all humans are valuable. I suppose we get to lay some difference in value on people’s abilities (e.g. there are many instances when my value as a writer would not be very high compared to a doctor’s value to save lives), and I think we can allow a HUGE amount of value difference depending on people’s behaviour and how they contribute to making society cohesive or not. I definitely agree that diversity strengthens everyone, and I would even go so far as to say there is some value in having our prejudices called out and our preconceptions challenged and our boundaries pushed by those we disagree with, because it educates us and allows us to practice responding with temperance, and in a way helps us commit even more strongly to our core values.

        1. Jesi says:

          Agreed on all points. I grow more when my thoughts and beliefs are challenged and it forces me to think in ways I hadn’t thought before.

          1. Lizzi says:

            I found that yesterday when I had a near-argument with a friend in a group…I decided that I needed to tread carefully to confront his viewpoint without attacking HIM, and somehow managed it…which astonished me because diplomacy has never been my strong point!

            1. Jesi says:

              My point exactly. Challenge, hard as it is and can be, encourages growth of mind and is a learning experience. We don’t necessarily have to like it but I’ve found I truly feel I am better because of it. In the end, we can surprise ourselves because of it. As you found out. 🙂

              By the way, I LOVE that I can talk to you like this. I don’t have many people who will have such thoughtful conversations with me. Most people here would rather have a debate, not a conversation, and usually in a debate both parties are too interested in winning their side instead of agreeing to disagree. I think conversations are more respectful of each other’s opinions and views even if you don’t have the same ideas. Also, I’m told or made to feel as if I’m wrong for even thinking the way I do. You make my day better just by being in it. <3

              1. Lizzi says:

                You’re not wrong for thinking the way you do. Not one bit. I like having a conversation to expand my brain as much as to win a point. There’s not much I feel particularly single-minded about…or maybe there’s more than I think, and it depends how obnoxious the other person’s being about it lol. I love talking with you too. Thoughtfulness is really something I appreciate and it’s lovely to talk with you 🙂

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