December 28th, 2001

Semiformalishmaybe

Hindsight

The past. A profound sense of shame. These things belong together.We must only hope that humanity can do better. Your race. My race.Our less distant ancestors. They all were pretty nasty people.Humanity must leave race behind, forgetting it, burying it amongthe other things of our shameful past. Celebration of heritage iscounterproductive and will emphasize race and pride. The same goesfor nations. I have no special claim to this or any other countrybecause of a nonfunctional accident of birth. I bear no specialguilt or pride because of my ancestors. I feel no special connectionto Americans in general, and instead judge people by the degree ofpresence of attributes that I consider good. Toss aside your heritageand bloodlines -- if you looked at them with open eyes and full knowledgeyou would no doubt be ashamed of them anyhow.

A plea. Don't ever defend your culture as a whole. Take what is goodfrom it, be open to seeing the bad, and move forward to transformall society everywhere into something new with the stuff you admirefrom many sources. All existing culture as it lives now must die,and getting territorial about where we are now is counterproductive.In the end, the only causes to battle over will be values, an openand honest battle, cleared of the fog of culture and race.