Clear and Present Danger

checkerboard-squares-black-whiteI would like to preface this blog by saying that I refuse to apologize for getting on my bully pulpit and talking politics. I refuse to remain mute at this important juncture in history. If I remain quiet, I am just as much to blame as those creating the problem. Hence, this blog.

White is an achromatic color, a color without hue.

The color black is the absence of color.

Think about that for a moment.

Doesn’t it seem to you to be the same definition only using slightly different words?

The absence of hue causes the color white and the absence of color causes the color black.

Now, look at the background of this document.

What color is it?

That’s right; it’s white.

What color are the words that I’m writing?

That’s right; they’re black.

Now, hold up your hand and place it on the screen.

Do you match either color?

Are you white; or are you black?

What was that you said?

Oh, of course, I can’t hear you because I’m not really in the room with you. You’re just reading my thoughts, but I bet that none of you match either color.

And, that’s okay.

You shouldn’t match them.

I’m not sure our human chemistry could produce either absence. Even people that are born with albinism (Albinism is a genetic condition where people are born without the usual pigment (color) in their bodies. Their bodies aren’t able to make a normal amount of melanin, the chemical that is responsible for eye, skin, and hair color…) are a color and are not a true white; nor, is the darkest skinned person on earth a true black.

What is the purpose of my stating this?

I’m just trying to draw attention to the fact that once again, we humans in all our fallibility have created a standard of segregation that is determined by inaccurate definitions.

No one is white.

No one is black.

We are all one.

We are all humans.

We all descended from the same people. The color of our skin became determined by where on earth our ancestors lived and the color evolved through the millennia to what it is today. The darker the skin, the more protection from the harsh rays of the sun. This was necessary in hotter, sunnier climes that were closer to the equator hence causing prolonged periods of sunlight. People living in northern regions lost the higher levels of melanin due to lack of stimulation; their skin didn’t require protection from the sun so their bodies didn’t produce it.

I have two eyes.

So do you.

I have two hands.

So do you.

I have two legs.

So do you.

In a perfect world all of us would be born that way. Of course, it’s not a perfect world, but that’s no excuse for not trying to make it so.

And now, back to today’s world. At this important moment in time, we need to remember, now more than ever, George Santayana. In 1905, he published, The Life of Reason, in it he said,

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Winston Churchill said,

“When the situation was manageable it was neglected, and now that it is thoroughly out of hand we apply too late the remedies which then might have effected a cure. There is nothing new in the story. It is as old as the sibylline books. It falls into that long, dismal catalogue of the fruitlessness of experience and the confirmed unteachability of mankind. Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong–these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.”

—House of Commons, 2 May 1935, after the Stresa Conference, in which Britain, France and Italy agreed—futilely—to maintain the independence of Austria.

After this horrific election cycle in which we had the evil we knew running against the danger we did not, it seems that the majority chose the evil we knew. Unfortunately, they didn’t live in states where their votes would matter, so now, we are left with the danger we do not. If this man decides to throw away this important moment in time, so he and his cronies can make more money, the entire world will suffer.

According to Google: Clear and present danger was a doctrine adopted by the Supreme Court of the United States to determine under what circumstances limits can be placed on First Amendment freedoms of speech, press, or assembly.

Our world is in a clear and present danger; danger from deforestation, climate change and nuclear proliferation caused by multinational corporate greed.

We stand on a knife’s edge.

Let’s hope we don’t slip in the blood and fall.


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