"There's no easy route. Nobody's going to step in and dump a lot of money and make it easy. Unless you have a lot of money, you have to pay your dues and make a personal sacrifice." Lonnie Johnson
the aforementioned quote was something I can relate all too well with as an inventor/innovator type that was not born with a silver spoon or trust fund, yet, has far too many ideas, which thankfully have been focused later in life. but I was fascinated by the man who is better known as the inventor of the super soaker line of toys by where he came from. When I read he graduated from Tuskegee, I smiled as much of the agrowspace mindset for working with your hand and educating your mind comes from me reading about George Washington Carver.
for whatever reason, I sat there today thinking about all the nonsense with humanity and the color of one’s skin, and even if you have the same color skin – the same nonsense happens with anything “different” so I asked, “how thick is the human skin that is causing so much of the problems in the world?”
I think this question came as anymore I will see the external body and shell of a human. unless you have no vision, it is hard not to look at someone, see their skin color, their dress, style, and perhaps affiliation with a club or ethnic group via identifiable iconic garb. but now, I move beyond that very quickly and try to look inside the actual person and just identify with them as a fellow human on this planet, most likely full of flaws from the journey called life, yet, they all possess the ability to love and care at a great depth. it is what makes us all the same –we are all human.
what makes us different is that each of us walks out our story and journey in a very different way. We want to think we are somehow special, gifted, perhaps better than another – as that is what society tends to teach us. I think back to the personality test questions of “are you above average?”
The reality is about 7 in 10 people feel they are. I think this is known as the illusory superiority complex. so that means about 20% of the population is off kilter a bit. It could mean another 20% of society is simply actually humble and thinks everyone else is better than them as well. that would make about 40% of the total society either over or under compensating something at one time.
So, where does this racism of skin color come from? I think it might go back to the start of humans on the planet? in ancient Persia, Egypt, Greek, Rome, and even with the start of the united stated. I was amazed to learn that at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, about 1 in 5 people in the united states (sans native Indians) was a slave inside the United States.
Imagine being a slave if you will, or being enslaved today after having tasted so many freedoms that do not exist in any part of the world. it would suck if you asked me. it is like the caste system in Asia – when I worked there I was like, “I thought this was outlawed?”
In many cases, it has been, however, the actual change to society doesn’t appear to have changed all that much. It makes going to a Battlefield like Gettysburg and seeing where such carnage of a Civil War and wondering, "when will the idea of all men are created equal really exist, if ever, in this country, much less the planet?"
Forgive me as I digress. I guess that is the gift and curse of having worked all over the planet. you see how different life can be at each different spot on the planet, yet, you realize we are all so very much the same – human.
on the issue of race and skin color, forgive my ignorance, but I did not know that a lot of the world's problem are caused by the color of that 1mm. that's right…one mm of the distance of the average thickness of a human skin and the color of it.
for the imperial inclined folks…I mm is 0.0393701 inches.
it is ironic that if you flip or invert the process, it is all that keeps most people from letting the reality of who they genuinely are, all the secrets, all the things we cover up with make-up and our external image inside. just festering away instead of letting them out and filling the space with love of our fellow human being.
After yesterday’s blabbering…today was really nice. as I never equated the thickness of skin and the color of it…how think it is…with how big of issues and problems it causes between human beings and humanity.
The other oddity of the planet. People with white skin are actually a global minority in comparison with the entire makeup of the planet. maybe all men are born and created equal, but we sure have done a marvelous job in trying to prove or think one man is somehow better than another.
time for coffee. i guess after traveling and working in so many different countries and cultures on this planet. you experience the not so good that some humans can do in an effort to exert power and control over another human being. the good news i learned is that on most of the planet, people want and tend to act with a greater good towards thier fellow man.