Posted by NightSky on August 02, 2000 at 20:40:50:
In Reply to: Re: For all those who ponder...About Charities posted by Ilse on August 02, 2000 at 16:58:35:
So my tongue is killing me from the vicious biting it's been subjected to, but there are a couple of things here I just can't bite hard enough to keep quiet about.
Elaine says: This is not to say that one should not interract on many levels with those from other backgrounds and/or points of view. Of course they should; for their own improvement as a person, for the opportunity to open one's mind, & to fulfill the human obligation to be thy brother's keeper.
****What about the idea that they're just people, no better, no worse, not teachers or lab rats or subjects of scrutiny, just people. If you limit your life to those like yourself, what a boring, self-affirming existence that would be. The fun is with the beauty of difference, in race, experience, life force even.
Elaine says: Polarization is a human trait & nothing you or anyone else says will change that. We are naturally drawn to those with whom we share common bonds, be it ethnicity, religion, politics, economic status, etc. People tend to run with those they feel most comfortable with, with those whom seem most familiar in ways, thoughts, & customs.
****Naturally drawn, or automatically exposed and indoctrinated? As hokey as the old Star Trek line is, I truely believe as a species we tend more to "boldly go where no man has gone before." If that were not the case, there would have been no westward expansion or intermarriage of countless ethnicities in this country. There are definately a great number of us willing and excited about running with those who are different, who challenge our thoughts and ideas, who bring discomfort and delight in the form of the unexpected.
Those statements, in my mind, illustrate the view in a mirror rather than a window.
As for Heaven and Hell? If Tammy Faye is going to Heaven, I'll take my chances elsewhere.
Dogma is a great movie, by the way, wish I'd written it. And as always, no offense intended. NS
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