There are two diametrically opposed forces at work in human evolution. Biology wants diversity, that's why we have sex; to stir up the gene pool. Diversity increases the chances that at least some of our species will survive a catastrophic event.
Social pressure wants uniformity. My tribe is good, other tribe is bad. Those like me should be protected, those that are different should be destroyed. I think that that is the real basis of racism, sexism, homophobia, religious and all other bigotries. What I find weird, and it always made me feel strange in high school, is that we teach "Hate the others" to our children. We call it a "Pep Rally!" I remember when we were expected to cheer for our athletes because they were us, and boo and vilify the athletes from the school across town, because they were them! (Hell, half my friends went to the school across town, I didn't wish them ill.)
How can we teach this kind of competition to our children and then ask "can't we all just get along?"
I don't have the athletics gene, I don't do sports. I do find it interesting that my friends all have a favorite team, though the members of their team are all mercenaries and only play for that team because it offered them the most money, or if its a college team; because it offered the best scholarship with benefits deal. But, nevertheless, they are our team, they are good, and the other teams suck. And every Monday, half my friends are happy because their team won by beating a team that sucks, and the other half are pissed because their team lost to a team that sucks.

Views: 11

Tags: bigotry, competition, diversity, hatred, pep-rally


You need to be a member of Think Atheist to add comments!

Join Think Atheist


Torture Report release today

Started by Unseen in Ethics & Morals. Last reply by Pope Beanie 4 minutes ago. 128 Replies

My Grandpa died last week

Started by Physeter in Small Talk. Last reply by David Seidman 2 hours ago. 8 Replies

Ear-piercing a baby

Started by Simon Mathews in Atheist Parenting. Last reply by Belle Rose 4 hours ago. 6 Replies

Why do we tolerate this?

Started by Belle Rose in Crime and Punishment. Last reply by Pope Beanie 5 hours ago. 25 Replies

In Defense of ‘Islamophobia’

Started by Brian Daurelle in Society. Last reply by Virgil 8 hours ago. 202 Replies

Blog Posts

Pabst Blue Ribbon to the rescue!

Posted by Ed on December 15, 2014 at 9:33pm 0 Comments

Finally, a cool billboard in Arkansas!

Posted by Ed on December 15, 2014 at 8:21am 2 Comments

Atheist Sites

Services we love!

We are in love with our Amazon

Book Store!

Gadget Nerd? Check out Giz Gad!

Advertise with

In need a of a professional web site? Check out the good folks at Clear Space Media

© 2014   Created by umar.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service