I don't think it is down to white people ... I think it is down to people. If you want to see
someone's true nature, give them power and riches and you'll see their true nature.
Every culture in the world to my knowledge has had at some point macabre and dangerous laws and rules, rituals or rights of passage.
It is human nature to seize more of something, whether that be material, knowledge, love or power. Whatever we see as an advantage ... we will want more, or want to retain what we already have, therein lies the seed of disagreement, when another cannot see why you want more or less, or why you aren't happy or sad. This then leads to envy, spite, greed, hate, murder ... war!
It is not down to one culture, I believe it is down to progress. There is more on offer in cities and the more someone has to lose, the more aggressively they will defend.
If we did not have cities but had few villages I would still expect the same nature to evolve, though it would be less in ferocity as there's less to defend.
Bullies would still be there to turn into managers then eventually leaders
Build a big city and a thriving infrastructure for a third world population and let them reap the benefits of it ... I believe that the same egotistical, selfish, downtrodden views would rear themselves within a few generations. They'd want to keep and defend what they have from others who seek it.
The same applies for social status, popularity inspires the same vengeance as claiming possessions inspire.
Place us all in a city where we're all of equal and exact status ... people would get bored, some would want a change ... others wouldn't want a change! Do we cast them out, do we make more rules ...
All cultures have rules that grow naturally.
You push me, I'll push you. You eat my orange, I'll eat yours or eat every orange you ever get from this day forward. You get your orange eaten by someone else and do nothing, you'll never have no more oranges, unless you fight or hide your orange. You'll then help another to do the same ... especially if there aren't many oranges.
We're all human and we all follow human nature. It's just that some 'humans' think that they have more to lose. The problems aren't with western culture or any culture in my opinion. They're always going to develop as more possessions and positions of power are within grasp.
Hate and love, sharing and greed, happiness and sadness, laughter and bitterness. We've all felt it in some form ... It's human nature, but so is curiosity and ignorance. All of those distinctions are opposites.
There's always another side to something.
To make distinctions is human nature. Though to truly understand any nature you have to look at them all as the same. No distinctions, otherwise you inadvertently fall into the trap you try to avoid.
I actively think positively. Many people would and have argued that I'm ignorant of the bad in the world ... I would argue that I'm more aware of the bad than they are.
I am more aware because I consider both sides ... always. Then I choose which side I should dwell on, which side will make me feel better.
Fill your mind with positive thoughts ... eventually they'll come naturally.
Fill your mind with negative thoughts ... eventually they'll come naturally.
We're all to blame! We're only human.
I normally try to avoid strong subject because I don't have the knowledge or experience to challenge or argue. I live in a world of fantasy, I watch animated films, read old books and live for the want of a better word, in a self-fashioned bubble. It is not so bad to live looking towards the good!
Please don't think that I'm trying to teach you or anyone else the ways of the world. I am woefully ill-equipped in that department, I merely strive to write fancy sentences. I am cursed with a love of written words. I don't know many ... but the ones that I do know will always be well written.
Or so I hope
Edited by UnusualPatronus, 26 November 2014 - 08:38 PM.