The People Of Earth

Time To Take Longer Strides...

Within society, there is disagreement about the meaning and use of the term "race." Often, public health scientists and the general public alike mistakenly base their notions of race on the idea that the human species can be separated into distinct human races identifiable through differences in physical traits (e.g., skin color, hair texture, facial features). Furthermore these ideas frequently carry with them the notion that these physical or other distinguishing traits have a basis in a homogeneous set of genes that differentiate races from one another. These ideas originated in the fifteenth century when the ability to support such ideas using sound scientific methods was not possible. Now, scientists from many disciplines (e.g., genetics, anthropology, sociology, biology) agree that there are no distinct human races as was previously claimed.

A more recently developed concept about race is ethnicity. This concept, which emerged in the late eighteenth century, is usually conceptualized as membership in a group defined by a shared geographical origin or cultural history, including common language, religion, art, and other cultural factors. Ethnicity is distinguished from race in that it unifies the human species and properlly identifies our differences through genotypic and phenotypic manifiestations along with the characteristics produced by the environmental stressors of which we've been exposed.

Social stratification will be the eventual ruin of us all-- As long as society continues to segregate, divide, label and place people in pre-defined slots, there will never be any form of social unity or sense of world cohesiveness among the inhabitants of this planet. We will constantly be at war with each other, stagnate our medical and technological progress, and hold each other back as this group or that group strives for world dominance atop a worthless social food chain. If we cannot learn to live together, then we shall surely die together-- and in doing so, end up as just another extinct species alongside the dinosaur. I welcome all comments and look forward to hearing your opinions.

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dutch84 8 years ago

this is a very thought provoking piece.

trinidad1595 7 years ago

i feel the same way.

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