Archives For July 24, 2013

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We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming ‘sub-creator’ and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic ‘progress’ leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Just watched the CNN race round table which was interesting but sadly nothing of real substance. Just the typical issues and solutions people can think of as to the reason why blacks lag behind other races. Some of the things I understood to be factual. Its true that the black rate of arrest is higher than whites. But its also true that black murders are 10 times more than any other ethnicity. While it would be nice to think of a world where people don’t judge you on your appearance, speech, behavior, temperament, etc. its not likely to happen anytime soon. People will judge always on their past life experiences. Part of it is that persons responsibility to educate his/herself and increase his/her perception. At the same time though it is also your own duty to carry yourself in a respectable manner. I don’t understand why people say they are “Trayvon” as if being black makes you “Trayvon.” There is more to Trayvon than his race and people are forgetting that. Nobody is discussing his character, upbringing, parents divorces, school trouble, etc. 

This whole discussion is pointless in the grand scheme of things though. The George Zimmerman trial had no racial elements of merit. No evidence from the police and FBI investigation has led to race being a factor in the case. Somehow the whole facts of the case got lost as it moved from a self defense case to a dialogue on race. While racial dialogues are necessary and healthy, they aren’t pertinent to the case.