Back in my more idealistic days, I did think it was possible for humans to rationally discuss differences and come to some kind of equitable agreement, and on some levels, this happens.
However, when it comes to opinions we hold dear, I no longer think so. Arguments, disagreements, even fights seem to be inevitable when there are those present who don’t all think the same about something. I see it on every social media. The people who believe in a deity gang up on those that don’t, and vice versa. Politics is another hot button: conservatives and liberals always going at it.
A quick google search brings up a few interesting articles about this condition.
1. Take gay marriage, for example: “From a liberal standpoint, gay marriage isn’t a problem, it doesn’t harm anybody, and it’s only fair that gay people be allowed to be married just like straight people can,” Ditto said.
But for conservatives, gay marriage goes against the traditional idea of marriage, and so presents a real moral problem, Ditto explained.
Click on the link in the first sentence to read more.
2. Many will recall the plaintive call of Rodney King, the man whose vicious beating by members of the Los Angeles police department was caught on video. Mr. King cried out, “Why can’t we all just get along?” The reason we cannot always get along seems to be based, in part, on our brains.
Recent advances in the neurosciences have established an irrefutable fact: Human beings are emotional, not rational.
Source in the link in the first sentence.
Given human history, I think we have zero chance of ever not fighting. We will never agree about anything, and the more volatile the subject, the more the fighting escalates.
We will continue to have wars. We will fight over borders, religion, orientation, gender, color. Logically, we don’t have to, but we will.
Humans are stupid. The only thing keeping us from pushing the red button and destroying everything is our innate need to survive. We have a strong need to avoid oblivion, but of course, we see it from our point of view: I want to live, therefore, if I send off the bombs, I kill my enemy but I will probably also kill myself.
Important issues are at stake in the U.S. and elsewhere right now. Today, SCOTUS is supposed to deliver their judgment regarding DOMA and Prop 8.
I hope they do the right thing.