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1st Precept: Human Being

You are a human being. An obvious statement really but a fact that tends to be over looked.

It is a fact that is over looked because someone along the course of history came up with this ridiculous notion of race. 

The idea of race has brought about superiority complexes, horrific acts of violence, and discrimination.  We can see many examples of this as we explore history: the Holocaust which was orchestrated by the Nazi regime, the slave trade perpetuated by lazy, greedy European colonists, and the forced removal of entire nations of Native Americans just so illegal immigrant Americans could feed their insatiable appetite to acquire more than they would have ever have use for.

History has taught us that the concept of race can truly be a bad thing.

The truth of the matter is: Race is a man-made concept that does not in reality exist. Human beings exist.

We humans have failed to recognize that race is in fact a sign of the wonder that is the human body. Some humans have black skin which protect them from the sun, while some humans have white skin that allows them to live in colder climates, whilst others have shorter bodies and specialized lungs that allow them to live in high mountain ranges.

How can I be so sure that race is a man-made concept? If it weren’t we could not produce biracial, as they are so called, children. Beyond this, we could not have “mutt” people, as my mother often refers to herself when noting the various geographical locations her ancestors came from.

Think of it this way: There are different breeds of dogs, each owning their own unique physical traits but we can still end up mutts. Why? Because in reality, no matter the breed of K-9, they are at the end of the day nothing more than a dog.

How much money could governments save if they stopped classifying what race everyone in the country was? What would happen if we did away with the question: What is your Race? It takes man hours and money to calculate such racial data- but how much money could be saved if the government just recognized the fact that race is a man-made concept and that people, no matter color, body build, etc are simply human beings?

At the end of the day, you are nothing more than a human and the plethora of homosapien  diversity that surrounds you in every day life are also nothing more than human. What makes us different, special and unique are the cultural traditions we tie into our lives  and the physical traits which have been provided for our survival.

We are human. Embrace it.

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February 25th 2012

“We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors …but they all have to learn to live in the same box.” -Author Unknown

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