RE: Toward a new US-World dialogue

From: Jeremy Bradley (
Date: Mon 09 Dec 2002 - 11:30:39 GMT

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    At 11:42 AM 8/12/02 -0800, you wrote:
    >I tend to be pessimistic for the same reasons Wade mentions. Wade's post
    >raises an interesting question - why is it that it is only the common
    >NEGATIVE that stands to unite large numbers of our species instead of a
    >common good? Or is that the case?
    >I can only refer to my own experiences that when a group comes together
    >united over a common interest, a hobby for instance, all is well while the
    >group remains small. Perhaps because they have all freely chosen each other
    >as members. But as new members join and the group grows larger, dissent and
    >disharmony also seem to increase. What was a unity of good now shatters
    >into sects or cliques. However, let an enemy of that hobby appear and the
    >various cliques will unite as never before! My neighborhood is an
    >equestrian area that is being shoved out by encroaching suburban
    >developments. Horse people are notorious for their snobbery over their
    >particular breed. But now that the ability to even ride or HAVE your horse
    >is being threatened, they've all united in a loud voice locally. People who
    >were not speaking to each other mere months ago are now fast allies.
    >On another point, IMHO religion is one HUGE blockade to achieving any kind
    >of mass unity, also. As long as people cling tightly to their religiosity
    >and identify their "self" with their religion, unless everyone adopts that
    >same religion, we're doomed to discord and disharmony.
    >I just don't think the sheer numbers of humanity at this time bodes well for
    >harmony. The tribe is too large.
    >Murrieta, CA
    Good post Virginia

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