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If this is your first time here, I would recommend starting with Oblivious in Dubai. That story is true and will give new readers an idea of the type of person you’re dealing with. This person may appear a bumbling idiot; wandering around the world drunk and alone; but he wasn’t alone. He drank and smoked, went on adventures with or otherwise chilled with a lot of random people from cultures all over the world.
People are just people; anywhere you go. The differences between us are very small and trivial; generally we all seem to struggle with the same type of shit on a social level. Humans are resilient and they adapt. Humans adapt to their environment.
Generally speaking; the differences between people break down to language, diet and mythology. Whether economic ideology or religious rhetoric; it’s all hypothetical brain-storm type stuff that I’m going to classify as “mythology”. Diet is largely based on ones local environment. Finally – we have language; which is also pre-determined based on where one happens to be born.
All of these things are just interesting ideas that one or a few of us came up with at some point during our 200,000 year evolution. One-at-a-time nuggets of societal evolution.
Each of those things are cultural; and cultures should be shared. We shouldn’t kill each other over silly cultural and tribal differences. There’s no need for violence in 2014. The level of globalized interconnection and shared media present in our world should be enough for us to see how human everyone else is.
The point I’m trying to make is that if you take the extremism out of a fifteen year old bible thumper from the belt; and the extremism out of a fifteen year old mujahid; you’ve got two average, male, teenage brains thinking about tonight’s game or about the girl they like.
Take ten people from each of the habitable continents and put them on the same roller coaster. They’re going to have a great time together.
We’re all riding on the same cosmic roller coaster through the universe. Our species has spilled a lot of blood over this marble we all live on. From far enough away, we’re indistinguishable from ants. If you’ve ever watched a video of an ant colony; you most certainly will have noticed how well ants get along.
There are exceptions to this of course; there have been wars between ant colonies; intercontinental invasions; and competing factions fighting for control of limited resources.
I guess ants get along when they have to; but completely destroy a competing tribe for control of property and resources when they deem it in their best interests.
Perhaps ants are a lot like us.
NoK Contributing Editor
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