On May 29, former President Bill Clinton gave a commencement
speech at Cornell University in which he repeated something that he had said in
another speech several years earlier that was as dumb then as it is now.
what's the problem with what Clinton said? Two things, basically. First he was
wrong about conflict. Then he was wrong about genes.
Of course, the billions of things that are pushed
aside or destroyed by you were also in conflict with other things. That's the
nature of reality. In order to exist--to Be--one must be in conflict with other
things. Only a state of non-Being would have no conflict.
when one seems to see families, clans, tribes and nations working together, a
closer look would show that the relationship is never really equal and that one
side is dominating the other side. It is often the case that one side won't dominate
on all things and there is a flux about this so that one side will be dominant
in this and the other side will be dominant in that, and such things aren't static
but continually moving along the spiral of existence. If the level of "cooperation"
is very deep and broad then the price of this cooperation is a change to the families,
clans, tribes and nations involved. Closely related people should certainly strive
to work together for their common good, and when such people do work together
they give up less of themselves than if they were trying to cooperate with people
unlike them and who do not share their genes.
Clinton didn't mention religion as one of the things that bumps up against others,
religion does so bump, and it also offers us examples of how the basic "can't
we all get along" type of thinking he is positing changes the essential nature
of those involved. For examples, look no further than the religious ecumenical
movement that attempts to smooth the rough edges of various religions as they
relate to other religions. What is happening is that various religions are compromising
their basic founding principles and truths away in order to get along with other
religions, with governments, and with various social movements or trends that
continually pop up. The current controversy over homosexual marriage and related
issues comes immediately to mind. Should religions that teach that homosexual
conduct is wrong, now suddenly accept it because the temper of the times says
that it should?
Anyway, conflict is a natural part of the struggle
to exist. It is impossible to avoid all conflict if one wants to be true to oneself
and one's beliefs and one's genes. However, we can avoid some conflict. Meaningless
wars such as what is going on in Iraq is an example of a conflict that could have
mating amounts to what I've called bedroom genocide. The primary victims of such
genocide in the modern world are white people. This is so because only about ten
percent of all humans are white people. Fully ninety percent of all humans are
non-white people. Take ten gallons of white paint and mix them with ninety gallons
of brown paint and see what you come up with. Right. No more white paint. Sure,
genes are different than paint, but the principle is the same. I wrote a column
a couple of years ago about the Germans in Jamaica. It seems there was once a
thriving colony of blond haired, blue eyed Germans living in the midst of all
the blacks in Jamaica. For a time, the Germans remained separate. Then, a little
at a time, first this German and then this other German, faced with limited mating
choices among their own people, mated outside the German colony.
Clinton said about humans being 99.9 percent the same is a lot like saying "When
the chemicals that make up human bodies are listed, to me the most interesting
finding is that all living things are made of the same basic chemicals."
Yes, that's a true statement, but so what? Are we not, as we exist, demonstrably
different from all our chemicals lying in a swamp someplace? The basic chemicals
have been organized in a fashion in our beings that produces those reactions that
we call life.
are some other creatures that are a lot like us. Those who argue that all humans
are alike and should therefore blend together, might want to include these creatures
in their propagandistic genocidal speeches. I won't hold my breath, though. Chimpanzees
and humans are about 99.4 percent the same. Horses and humans are between 85 percent
and 95 percent the same. Rats and humans are about 90 percent the same. Fruitflies
and humans are about 60 percent the same. Can't we all get along? Can't we stop
our conflict with flies, by not swatting them anymore? We're so much alike. In
fact, we're even closer to these creatures than the above gene order percentages
indicates. We're actually all 100 percent just like all other living things in
the four nucleotides that make up our DNA.
Unlike what Mr. Clinton apparently believes, and to repeat, it is not the sameness that is important, but the differences. But, because Clinton said what he said, many in Cornell's class of 2004, will have wrong ideas about genes. And, some of them will go on to teach others the same wrong ideas.
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