What Have We Become?

My wife recently brought to my attention the two items below. The first asks the question, check “What kind of planet are we on?”

Take four minutes of your time to view it.

The second is a link to a story about a 61 year-old British man, find Roy Amor. It appeared in the UK newspaper, pilule “Daily Mail,” – HERE.

It, too, begs the question, “What kind of planet are we on?”

Or, given that in reality the answer to that question is, “A bounteous and delightful paradise,” perhaps the question might better be phrased:

“What have we, the human race, become?”

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5 Replies to “What Have We Become?”

  1. I watched the video and read the article on the 61 year old man who killed himself.

    The video was spot on. It is unfair and unjust that same sex couples do not benefit from each others social security. That should be changed…. and it will over time…..

    I have a problem with the article. I believe and know racism is a very real problem that happens all the time, whether it’s at work, on the streets or at the borders of countries. This is a real problem that should be eradicated. There are no excuses in my eyes even if the jokes people make are light hearted and was meant to be for a little laugh. The 61 year old man should not have made that joke because there was nothing remotely funny or cute about it…. In fact it was darn right racist!

    However, I also do not understand why there was not any proper investigation into the matter? Why was he suspended without in depth analysis? If there was no complaint by the “black man” why did the company act on the word of a by stander? Who was the by stander? Did the 61 year old man always make such jokes and finally someone got fed up?

    There are too many questions that are unanswered in the article… it sounds a bit funny to me…

  2. Watched the video and read the article, RJ.
    To answer your question “What have we, the human race, become?” Cruel, uncaring busybodies is the most polite way I can think of to express it….what I really think would foul the cyber-waves.

    Those who oppose same sex relationships, in ordinary life or in official capacity are just not keeping up. They are mainly influenced by religion, I suppose, blinkered, brainwashed and without capacity for critical thought.

    The alleged racial slur story is just so very, very sad. I don’t see anything wrong in what was said because the two men were friends, work-mates and it was obviously part of their customary style. This is what happens when people of different ethnic backgrounds work together and get on well. I know – I’ve seen it happen.
    And in Britain a sense of goodwill and humour is involved. It’s a sign that integration has happened when a black person and a white person can joke around like this.

    Of course busy-bodies who want to cause trouble for whatever reason can’t stand to see it. I blame the superiors for not taking the black guys feelings into consideration before proceeding further.
    Nasty, nasty, nasty!!

  3. Twilight, I lived in London for 12 years, and I know British society fairly well…. I do not agree that in Britain various races are integrated or are getting a long just fine without racism…

    Just watching what has been happening to the Muslim community since 9/11 makes me want to puke!

    Racism is very much alive and kicking in the East, in West and anywhere in between… I do not find anything funny in racial slurs even if the two people were best of buddies…. However, it is sad that the man involved had to take the drastic measure of wanting to kill himself…. That part is very very sad!

  4. Nevin – I’ve been away from the UK for almost 6 years. Things might have changed, I guess. I can only draw from my own experience of 24 years working with colleagues from a diverse cross-section of nationalities and ethnic backgrounds….in the north of England.

    There are always going to be some ignorant specimens who will start trouble, of course. Also, by 9/11 I had retired, so I cannot comment on whether or not things changed afterwards.

  5. Nevin – In commenting on Prof. Randall Kennedy’s book, “Nigger – The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word,” Andy Rooney of “60 Minutes” said that “the best way to get rid of a problem is to hold it up to the bright light and look at all sides of it…”

    In America, and now also in Britain it seems, that idea is unacceptable. Like so much changing social fashion, the pendulum has swung from one extreme to the other.

    Years ago, I remember laughing uproariously at a Liverpool comedian performing in one of the city’s Irish clubs, sharp-shooting what today would be considered some of the most racial Irish gags imaginable. The only ones laughing louder than me were the large audience of Irishmen and women who filled the place. This comedian was a regular at the club, and well loved by all and sundry.

    Around the same time, I worked with many who came from other parts of the country. My nickname was, “Scouser”, because I came from Liverpool. One of my best friends at the time was a Pakistani. Everyone, including me, knew him as, “Pak”, or, “Paki”. There was also a “Yorkie” from Yorkshire.

    No-one ever considered for a moment the idea any of these were racial slurs. We were all good pals and often spent time down the pub together after work.

    As a writer I value words and language. I respond very negatively when some member of the ‘social elite’ suggests I cannot use ‘this’ word, or ‘that’ word because it’s politically unacceptable. No word is politically unacceptable; it’s the meaning – how it is used – that matters. Racism comes from the heart and mind, not the vocal chords or the pen.

    The word “fuck’ is one of my least favorite Anglo-Saxon verbs. Yet, in the hands of a comedic artist like Billy Connolly it becomes poetry.

    The powers that be are today endeavoring to make us all the same. They want to destroy our different cultures and merge them into one so we will all eat at McDonalds, watch movies made in Hollywood, wear clothes from J C Penney. This is globalization. We must fight against it. We’re not the same. We come from a wide and varied set of cultures and it behooves us to recognize that fact and celebrate our differences. One way of doing so is to recognize the absurdities present in ourselves and our different cultures, and laugh about them, together. We’ve been brainwashed into believing everything ‘racist’ is bad, but there is a positive side, and both Twilight and I have experienced it.

    When Twilight writes of integration in Britain she refers to the North of England. Like me, she hails from that part of the country. I, too, have experienced what she describes and, believe me, it is infinitely preferable to the closed lip racism that flourishes in many parts of America. I don’t consider London to be typical of British society at all. It’s a cosmopolitan, ‘cross-roads’ city like New York, Paris, or any other capital in the western world.

    The words, “Paki”, “Scouser”, “Paddy”, yes – even, “Nigger”, can be virulently racist or an expression of extreme affection. Yet, in today’s society, they are condemned out of hand by those who would deal with any issue considered racist by sweeping it under the carpet, rather than “…holding it up to the bright light and looking at all sides of it…”.

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