I've actually presented evidence behind my points. You say Hunter/gatherer as if that is a proven fact, versus a theory of social development. There is no written history from the hunter/gatherer era, and there are multiple competing theories about how early human societies operated.
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Moderator's Warning: OK, let's everyone stop the personal attacks and get back to the topic.
"Never fear. Him is here" - Captain Chaos (Dom DeLuise), Cannonball Run
Mace Windu: Then our worst fears have been realized. We must move quickly if the Jedi Order is to survive.
It is a common mentality for the privileged to believe that everyone else could be as well-off as they are, if only they applied themselves, quit whining about injustice, quit being so lazy, quit doing whatever it is that they're doing wrong.
After all, the privileged know, deep in their hearts, that they're nothing special.
It stands to reason, then, that the underprivileged must be even worse. And they should just stop it- whatever it is- and work harder, then they'd be able to enjoy all the advantages that the privileged do.
The reason the advantaged subscribe to this mentality is that the alternative- which is that they've done absolutely nothing to deserve the advantages they have- is distasteful and unpleasant.
Most people can't accept it.
It's easier to blame the disadvantaged, than to truly open one's eyes and see that nothing separates you from them except an accident of birth.
That life is unfair, and you're on the receiving end. That the odds are unjustly tipped in your favor, and unjustly tipped against your neighbor.
If you accepted this, you might have to do something about it; it might require sacrificing some of your comforts and material advantages.
It would certainly require venturing outside your emotional comfort zone; laying aside the protection of your smug self-righteousness.
Most of you never will.
Therefore, change comes at your expense, rather than with your support and cooperation.
Just please don't whine at me about it. If you chose, you could be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.
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There's no denying, however, that what people start with in this country varies to a degree that is practically unimaginable to the advantaged. Life is not at all fair, and by and large, there is no justice. Kids who start out with a hand full of nothing have a very difficult time making it into even the middle class.
Made even worse by outside sources telling them that they might as well give up, because there's no way someone like them could make it in such a racist sexist backwards country.
Have you ever spent a day of your life in a failing school? Or lived in a really dangerous neighborhood where you hear gunshots at night and step on syringes on the way to school? Or lived in a home where your dad is in prison and your mom has destroyed her brain and her humanity on crack? Or where your mom's current live-in boyfriend beats you for looking at him funny? Or where you have rotten teeth that hurt constantly because you don't have dental care?
You know very little about other people's lives, Dav. You're clearly incredibly sheltered.