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For All Of Us I Guess; A Speculation On Difference
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Its okay, they are not like us. Has there ever been a more destructive phrase uttered in the history of human utterance? Has not the darkest days of our history, of our development been born from the kernel that lies at the heart of that seed; the perceived kernel of dissimilarity rather than the kernel of similarity?

In the dissimilarity-kernel there is the phenomenon of them and us. It is a kernel inherently divided, and I suspect the kernel that is divided will fail to flourish just as the divided house falls in upon itself.

We hear a threat when we hear the phrase them and us, and we utter a threat when we speak the phrase; them and us. It might not be a threat of the kind spoken in the movies or blurted out by angry spouses; yet it is of the kind that our psyches detect.

In the labyrinth of our psyche, the phrase them and us becomes a Minotaur, driving us towards acts of violence; some under the guise of offense, some under the guise of defence. But violence is violence. Guises are merely masks and cloaks to hide our true motive – the motive of the Minotaur of Difference. How can there be peace amid difference? The best that can be established is tolerance; but tolerance is not union, harmony or serenity. It is an at times teeth grinding frustration, emanating from the urge to be violent; the urge to conquer the different and make all the same.

The irony is, in the similarity-kernel there is no phenomenon of them and us; just us; we. We predominates as a singularity; a sameness. What madness is there in seeking sameness by the conquering of difference when sameness already exists?

This suggests a drive in us that it not quite in tune with truth.  It suggests a liar in our constitution; a deceiver, an engine for violence. Who knows, it might not be that we carry selfish-gene, but a lying-gene. A gene which necessarily causes a friction to keep the spark of life lit.

If this be true, then it is possible that our head-long pursuit of truth might not be as effective as a process of exposing the lie until the lie is quarantined, just as viral-files are quarantined within our computers.

Of course, I might simply be speculating as a child speculates about its mobile over its cot. All I know is; that when I listen, I detect far more violence engineering in the phrase them and us than in the phase We, and I begin to speculate about those who refer to them and they. Why don’t they say WE?; and why am I so programmed to refer to them as they? Mmmm – more to do for all of us I guess.  


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There always was and always will be them and us. It's human nature. It's in our genes. The way to fix it is to turn the term into 'there is nothing different between them and us'. However this requires one to lose the ego and accept everyone as normal, whatever that is. I'm Irish. My great grand parents came here, and they came here through Ellis Island because that was the law. I have no problem with people from central america or south america coming to enjoy our success and build their own. I have a huge problem not having them come through their own Ellis Island. It's how we were allowed to come here and quite frankly if it was good enough for those that came here legally through Ellis Island, it's more than good enough for hispanics, and every other nationality. Stephen

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