by H. Millard © 2006

"Follow me on this, man," said Homeless Jack. "Our bodies are full of individual cells, right? Right. Well, do we even notice when they are replaced? Nope. Yet, we shed them constantly so that our bodies are actually remaking themselves all the time. But, we always remain pretty much the same and look the same. The cells we were born with are long gone, yet we are still us. New cells born from the same genes as the old cells replace old cells but the body continues on as us and our brains don't really notice any difference. See, we have a phenotype that is the finished product of our genotype and our genotype is composed of those genes that give us all our characteristics. It's like the phenotype is like a particular type of automobile. The automobile is made by following the blueprints which are like the genotype. The genes are the individual parts of the genotype and they are like little machines producing the individual characteristics of the phenotype.

"Like, this gene makes a brake pedal. This one makes a headlight. This one makes a fender. This one makes..."

"And...?" I asked.

"Well, the genes all work together to produce parts that fit this particular type of car. The parts fit and they look right and work right. You don't have a fender from a Cadillac bolted on to the rear of a VW. It's a harmonious whole.

"Now think of, say, ants or cockroaches, instead of cars. They're all individuals. However, if you kill millions of them they're all replaced by very similar individuals. Not only are the individual cells of the ants and cockroaches being replaced all the time in their individual bodies, but the entire bodies are being replaced all the time in the genotype biomass of their type.

"See, think of all living things of a particular species or race or type as individual cells in a genotype biomass body for that type of living thing. One cell--in this case an individual--dies and another replaces it. And, not only that, but if the living thing is a successful one in this thing called life, it replaces itself with many others before it buys the farm, and all its replacements fit right in to the genotype biomass body and take their place and make the genotype biomass body larger and larger so that it dominates the place where it lives. Think of that as being the same as with types of humans."

"Huh?" I said, even though I really knew where he was going with this.

"Think of a race of people as being like the human body. All the members of that race are like the individual cells. They die and are replaced with very similar replacements just like the cells in a human body are replaced if they are from the same genes. However, if the cells are replaced with something different, the body changes. It's like that with humans, man. So long as people remain with their own people, their cells are replaced as they should be and the body remains healthy. But, if people do not remain with their own people and bear children with people outside their people, the cells that are inserted in the genotype biomass body are different and the body changes and this causes sickness in the genotype biomass body. It's like putting some of the wrong instruments in an orchestra, man. The result is not beautiful music. It becomes a cacophony. That's what's happening in our multicultural and multiracial societies right now. Where once there was beautiful music, now there is only noise. Where once the vibrations were right, now they are disrupted.

"Let me make this clear. I'm visualizing this, for the moment, as though all members of a type of human are like cells of a body. We're all individuals but we're all part of the larger genotype biomass body. In our case, the links between us and the other cells are invisible but they exist, man, they exist. Now, I'm not necessarily saying that there are some sort of metaphysical or electrical or subatomic connections, but there's a web or pattern set up by the genes that links all together like connective tissue in the body. So long as the genes are the same, then the connective tissue is there. If the genes are different or if genes of the others or if the others themselves live within the areas of the biomass, then the connections get less and things start breaking down.

"You know how when you see a flock of birds flying and how they all seem to change direction at the same time and don't bump into each other? That's because they're all of the same genotype. They are connected. That flock of birds is like a genotype biomass body. It moves as one. Put some birds of a different type in that flock and they've be bumping into each other and losing that symphony of flight that works so well. Same thing with humans, man. Same thing.

"See, man, a multicultural and multiracial society for out people is a mistake. It doesn't work. It's like replacing cells with unlike cells. It's like a flock of birds with birds not of the flock. It's like a symphony orchestra with the wrong instruments. It's like car with the wrong parts bolted on..."

"I get it," I said.

"Live long and multiply right, man," said Homeless Jack as he grabbed his backpack and headed out the door into the driving rain. As he closed the door and bent into the rain and wind he said "Man, I love this weather. I can feel the spinning. I'm one with it. It's the struggle, man. I'm in tune."

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