I agree with you about words.
Tim Knowles
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Totally. And I think that your point really gets to the heart of the bigger issue: the issue isn’t really with words as much as it is with the — for lack of a better term — “level of consciousness” of the person or people in question. Words don’t make people mistreat each other just as laws don’t keep me from going around murdering folks, but both are really important for creating structure with those who are struggling to feel generally ok and provided for.

Carefully curated and clarified language can really help to create more constructive frameworks for people to navigate hugely complex subjects.

I’m totally adopting “Anglo American” now. “Caucasian” has felt odd, but I wasn’t aware of a good alternative. Thank you for that. :)

Whooooooa. Everything you said about the different regions and people where you’ve lived is super fascinating! I don’t know about any of that.

It’s so fascinating how many things can be identified to create an “us vs. them” situation. I don’t think the issues is the “us” or “them” part of that equation, it’s the “vs.” It seems that the old “survival of the fittest” thing is at the heart of so many problems in the world.

Not that that concept isn’t accurate in certain contexts (like a house cat killing a bird), but saying that idea is an overall truth about the nature of life and the universe is just empirically false. It’s perplexing to me how so few people seem to really recognize that everything is connected and interdependent (which we’re seeing in really stark terms with climate change currently). Our brains really seem to prefer binaries, so everything gets reduced down to black and white either/or’s instead of really nuanced gradations of both/and’s.

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