From my perspective, America is less intolerant than it has ever been. When exactly was this golden age of American understanding? Our culture has struggled to believe in the equality of human beings and their essential goodness and/or worthiness from the beginning. I see less oppression and hatred than I ever have, and the very vocal-ness of the lunatic fringe is nothing other than the fact that sane, rational Americans are flipping over the flat rocks of bigotry. Yes, it is disgusting and even frightening to see what comes scuttling out--but it has ALWAYS been there, and used to be so woven into the social fabric most people couldn't see it. Human beings inevitably assume "the other" is less than they are, and that has colored societies, conflicts, and military struggles since the beginning of civilization. If you are short-sighted, it can seem things are "worse." I love this country, and feel like I'm watching its birth struggles as it transforms, yet once again, into it's 21st Century avatar. Human beings rise naturally to higher levels of connection. But the process is not always pretty.
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Monday, April 12, 2010
Posted by Steven Barnes at 9:03 AM