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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Race Is A Lie - something I wrote in 2003

Race Is A Lie
3.27.03

For perhaps 10-20 years I contemplated two seemingly incompatible ideas that exist in my environment (society, the human world). These two ideas are: 1) all humans-more or less-are capable of the same level of high or low achievements, given the right effort (An idea that was planted in my brain by being raised as a Buddhist in Sri Lanka), and the counter idea is that 2) humans fall into a handful of categories, based on skin color and physical features, and the worth and the level of achievement an individual human is capable of depends on which group they belong to (for example: people w/ light skin or "white" people being capable of more things then people with dark skin or "black" people, an idea that has been popular in Europe, America and places that have been heavily affected by Europeans, also in India in a slightly different form and older origin). After much contemplation, research, observation, including reflecting on the Sinhalese and Tamil ethnic violence in Sri Lanka, and analyzing knowledge gained from living among various people and interacting with various people, I have decided that idea 1 is correct and that idea 2 is not correct (this decision was made several years ago).

This means that how I view the world now and how I interact with it is drastically different then how many of the people in my immediate society (American) view and interact with the world. That is, I believe that the concept of race is a lie, a false view, brought into existence, refined, and kept alive for self serving reasons by the creators of the idea and those who were able to benefit from the idea, and that at this point in time (2003 AD) many people simply accept race as a fact and organize their lives by it. Many evil things have been made possible by belief in the idea of race or races of humans: including the Hindu caste system which treats millions of people as sub-humans, slavery, European colonialism or the taking control of lands through force by people who believed they were more human then the ones that they conquered, Manifest Destiny, and Nazi attempt to exterminate Jews in Europe. Less damaging perhaps numerically but perhaps just as devastating on an individual basis is that in modern day America I see the population continuing to organize themselves based on the concept of race. The down side of this is that individual people are placing an artificial constraint on themselves, and along with this comes mental anguish, and of course in some unfortunate moments, physical violence. The plus side for the person who believes in race is that they have a group to belong to. But, all in all I believe that the negative effects of believing in race are greater to everyone then the positive effects. And I believe that it is counter productive to the American experiment of creating a great nation consisting of people from the hundred corners of the world. And I believe that race is dangerous and destructive to the world in general because it causes people to sympathize more with, and in many cases at the expense of, some populations over others. So, as a productive and well meaning member of American society and a moral human being who wishes to do good (that which helps humans live well) I am sharing my views through this public forum, this web page. I invite people to post their views and responses to my writing as I share and fine tune, through regular journal entries, my theories and observations and ideas for creating a world without race.

This journal entry is step #1 on this side project. Parting thoughts: in ancient Christian thinking the concept of deception perpetuated by evil (or The Devil) exists, and in ancient Buddhist thinking there is a concept called maya, or illusion, created by a being called Mara or The Evil One. Race would fall neatly under those categories. Race (and its' child racism) is an evil illusion because it causes human misery and it is a dangerous lie that has hypnotized the human population. Let me know what you think about this idea. Should we create a world without race or should we let the idea and belief of race exist in the world?

5 comments:

oldbonusstone said...

2008 and no comments. I'm on board. Race-less world ...

The Sujewa said...

OK, 2 down, about 6 billion (less 2) to go :)

- Sujewa

Marc said...

How do you intend to create a world without race. Do you mean that nations in the world should stop chategorising humans into racial groups; you obviously don't mean that the world should think like Eugenics and Nazis, the reptilian hybrid illuminati, or the KKK that believe in destroying all other races except their own race which they will cleanse by killing members of their own race that they don't find fit for their racists agenda.

Racism is indeed an evil thing. You are a buddhist, did you know that I experienced racism from a buddhists spirit or invisible being. The buddhists spirit wanted to be a golden buddha and kill all brown people, I know you may not want to except my comment but this is a truthful testimony.

I wish you luck in your persiute to rid the world of racism.

From OHGOOOE Marc

The Sujewa said...

Hey Marc,

Re: "How do you intend to create a world without race."

Ultimately that will have to be a voluntary thing, 2 be done by many individuals, to accept human as the only race of any significance & deal with other affiliations - national, community, tribal, "ethnic", whatever very carefully, not in a blind, "race" motivated way. I guess promoting the value of human individuality and individuals and the fact that all humans are, above all, humans - may be a good way to go about getting rid of the old & current ideas about races.

"Do you mean that nations in the world should stop chategorising humans into racial groups;"

Yes. That's one thing we can do, as long as we can make sure some people are not being discriminated by others on the basis of race theory related beliefs & assumptions. So, a tricky thing to do, getting rid of popular belief in race theory while protecting individuals from evil actions related to race theory.

"you obviously don't mean that the world should think like Eugenics and Nazis, the reptilian hybrid illuminati, or the KKK that believe in destroying all other races except their own race which they will cleanse by killing members of their own race that they don't find fit for their racists agenda."

No, not at all like that. People shouldn't be killed, generally (only in extreme cases if the person has gone insane & is killing other people or something).

"Racism is indeed an evil thing. You are a buddhist, did you know that I experienced racism from a buddhists spirit or invisible being. The buddhists spirit wanted to be a golden buddha and kill all brown people, I know you may not want to except my comment but this is a truthful testimony."

Not a Buddhist anymore, but was raised as one, stopped being a Buddhist around 16-18, no religious affiliation at the moment, am agnostic basically - and a positive human (most of the time :).

About your evil buddhist spirit experience, could be some sort of a temporary or permanent illness, get yourself checked out, get medical help. A very close friend of mine did not know that she was ill for a long time & saw "spirits" & "demonic" beings. Upon medical tests it turned out that she had a sleeping related illness that produced a waking dream state in her mind during the day, while she was up & working & stuff. So, could be something that needs medical attention.

Regardless, it is a very good idea to ignore any spirits that ask you to harm people or animals or destroy property.

"I wish you luck in your persiute to rid the world of racism."

Thanks. & thanks for checking out the blog.

- Sujewa

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