posted 20 Jun 2012, 19:31
When I was a little, my brother and I used to watch a lot of horror and alien movies. Out of the blue he said, "If aliens exist they'll never let us know. Not if they're smart, anyway." Curious, I asked why and he answered flatly "Because we kill what we don't understand."
Powerful words, and they never left me.
I would hear his theories many times over in the years to come: We kill what we don't understand because we're terrified of anything different than we are. Rather than think or grow, it's easier to strike out and destroy. He cited one historic reference and current event after another to the point that I couldn't disagree with his argument. We really do like to kill what we don't understand, don't we? After all, it happens every day, in so many ways.
He opened my eyes. I could see small scale evidence in the form of school yard bullies, and his global theory everywhere in wars, violence and riots. Imagine: The world terrifies you so much that you fear anyone or anything different than you. You think you're opting for safety by adopting this mentality, but what happens is you never grow, you never change and you never get to learn. Not that it excuses all the horrid behaviors that stem from it, but that's outright sad, isn't it?
Can you imagine the most valuable thing you would ever be able to do would be spew rhetoric because, within a prison of your own design, you've lost the ability to think and grow? It's frightening and I hope should I find myself there it won't be for very long.
Really, we're all trying to grow up around here. Maybe when we treat each other better you'll want to hang out with us. Until then, I don't blame you for keeping it on the down low. Sometimes, it's bloody tempting, even to me. Please feel free to use our summer house. We're not there right now and all the popcorn is yours.