I was listening to Randi Rhodes on the radio a little while ago and she was going on about race baiting in American politics and government. She was ranting about how race is being pursued as a dividing factor and that the talking heads as well as the empowered politicians are using race to collect votes.

She had the right idea on part of it, racism is a way to make people feel better about themselves when they have done little to nothing to improve themselves. Race is such a simple thing to use to judge others as well as gender and in many cases sexual orientation and religion with their sometimes obvious accoutrements.

Why is it that we no longer teach our children to succeed and to find pride in their achievements. We are so busy teaching our children to be cogs in the machinery of society and what power we teach our children seems to be mainly in victimhood.

When people want to feel better about themselves and are not educated in how to improve themselves, eventually they will look for something obvious to use as a basis of judgment. Race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status and the such are easy in many cases to use, especially when you don’t know anyone fitting in group X.

Funny thing about it, is that while we spend so much of our time splitting ourselves into little groups and fight amongst ourselves, what’s happening in the big picture?

The fact is, there is only one race on this planet, the human race. When we stop our silly infighting and start working together, we can get something done. So, why are we being lead to follow this simple mindedness? Who stands to benefit and what are they up to?

Remember that we are ALL children of God and the worst of us is just as valuable as the best and the best are no better from God’s perspective than everyone else.

Written by R. A. Burgener

After finishing the 850 mile trek of self-rediscovery on California's El Camino Real from San Diego to Sonoma, California, Robert continued, via Greyhound, to Portland, Oregon, where he is becoming familiar with the concepts of weather and seasons after 30 years in Los Angeles.

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