Do human beings focus more on the qualities that separate us or those that unite us?
If you read, listen to or watch the news, participate in politics or other like activities it seems as though the buzz is always about what separates us. I would like your opinion on the subject.
Their differences, look at all the organizations based on differences, e.g. ideologies, religion, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, nationality, hobbies, music, etc.
The only groups that focus more on uniting us are some religions, and I guess the U.N.
It sure does seem so, doesn't it? Particularly Western Hemisphere; we appear to focus primarily on the negative. "If it bleeds...it leads." A credo, it seems, for so much of what we see on any news source available. Sadly; the huge majority of what is offered leans towards the negative. I believe this is fear motivated; something "we" don't understand or a belief system / race, ethnicity, (as rickylicea says), ideologies, life styles that are different than "ours." "Birds of a feather fly together." For the most part, throughout history and now, this little phrase describes the way in which living beings behave. If we are unaccustomed to or not a "part" of that which we confront; we act in several ways...one of which is to fear..and this causes the negativity, focus on the difference rather than seeing similarities.....Some cultures are less so, I beieve; or, perhaps, more tolerant but still hold a feeling of being separate. The news media feeds on this. It foments "excitement" or a sense of being "alert," which has been stimulated by our most base fears.... Or Not.
I believe that news reporters expose wrong and do not have the ability to improve the world because they state facts which are usually negative. I think the thing that unites people is sharing a common interest because if people have the same interest that usually unites them to share ideas like fishing.
Thank you for your answer, flashmakeit. I wonder, can news reporters, or politicians or people choose to focus on news without negativity? What impact would that have on improving our world?
You got that right if they did focus on innovations people could learn things and help improve the world.
I agree that we should focus more on what unites us. It's the 'ego' [in Greek it means 'I'] that keeps the better behaviour lagging behind. Reporters' sensationalism is also to blame. The truth is that in everything that separates us there are similarities.
e.g. Greeks-Turks : both religious and family oriented
Greeks-Texans: very proud of their heritage etc.
in case you're wondering why Texans, well I grew up in Houston.
Depends if you are a pessimist or an optimist. Given the vitriol seen in Washington, the answer may be that humans focus on the qualities that separate us. However, during 9/11, Americans put their difference aside and focused on what unites us as a nation.
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