Re: Morality is Relative

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Tue Aug 28 2001 - 01:01:36 MDT

Lee Corbin wrote:

> No, I don't like diversity at all (except economic diversity).
> It leads to group consciousness and divisiveness. Many people
> thus just simply can't help but think of themselves as "this
> Jew", or "this black woman", or "this gay person", etc. (Soon
> due to demographic change, we'll all have a chance at being in
> a minority and can be distinguished by our group identity as
> well, although some, like Amish and Mormons are ahead of the
> game already.)

This doesn't make any sense to me. My problem with most of
those who do not appreciate diversity is that they insist on
seeing my packaging rather than who I am as a person. They have
bad opinions toward lesbians say and since I am one of them they
see their opinions of lesbians instead of simply seeing me. It
is not me putting myself in a box or boxes but me fighting to be
seen as person first and all these various properties of this
person second. People come and a wonderful assortment of
flavors. Be sure to collect the entire set! <g>

> Well, under some conditions I like separatism and zenophobia,
> because in recent centuries they proved adaptive IMO (that's
> why they evolved, incidentally). And to mix a whole lot of
> threads together, if cryonics fails because America became
> too diverse, then I'll have to say that it was the atrophy
> of our zenophobia that ended the lives of many people like me.

It is no longer a world where separatism and xenophobia are very
workable. So, to some degree, we need to get over it while
preserving our ability to be as different as we are and as like
as we are.

- samantha

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