On The Idea of Race
The whole idea of “race” of belonging to a specific country is silly. I think I’m more and more coming to the conclusion that race is bullshit and the sooner we get over that ignorant idea, the sooner this Earth will be a better place to live.
It’s silly that people think there’s a real difference between humans outside of cultural and skin-level appearance all based on some geographical lotto. As if being born in a location designated by a certain name or defined by a certain language or religion somehow makes you different in ways which others can not achieve after birth.
It’s silly to think that you have some sort of claim of superiority or a reason to be proud of being a specific race simply because generations ago, your ancestors mated and birthed in a specific location.
So, how exactly do we define and determine what we are? How many generations do we have to go back? A 1? 10? 100? 1,000? At a certain point, the country you choose to associate with didn’t even exist. What to do then? Pick a different one? Pick the one that occupied those same lands? Trace the ancestry even further?
You do that and you find that we are all technically African. What now? Has this information ruined your tilted view of heritage? Will you now claim to be African or, more simply, human? Or do you want to continue the charade of “picking sides”?
If you’re going to define your race or culture based on arbitrarily selecting a point in time when a certain ancestor was born in a certain land then you give birth to an infinite number of new issues. What if that country doesn’t exist anymore? What if the land has changed names and cultures a 1,000 times over? What if there’s been cross breeding with other “races”, which race do you select? Do you go with your father’s ancestry because of how masculine the entire race debate is or do you go with your mothers due to the scientific evidence found in mitochondria. And who determines how many generations you have to trace your heritage back. What, essentially, gives you the right to claim a specific race?
Since we aren’t dating to the beginning of humanity and the establishment of your race category is based on an arbitrary time, why can’t people just pick any race simply because they were born there or because they lived there or simply because they adopt that culture? What difference is there in doing that as opposed to randomly selecting an event of birth from a random moment in time?
In 10,000 years, can my ancestors claim that they are American simply because I was born in America and there is no history beyond my birth. Would that make sense?
It’s silly to say that due to the location of birth of your parents or even yourself that you are now to ascribe or even pay dues to that region or that you have some sort of necessary obligation to that place on a map.
If I adopted every aspect of Swedish life and culture and dropped every aspect of Armenian culture, would I still be an Armenian? Or would I be a Swedish individual? Would I still be American?
What if your original ancestors where born in Turkish region and moved to the Armenian region directly after birth, but nothing else about you or your family history was different. Would that mean your heritage and race is now Turkish? Or would you still consider yourself an Armenian?
Like I said, Nationalism; the downfall of humanity.