Until we figure out how to make people empathize with each other as members of the same species, then we'll continue to be divided against ourselves. And while part of it is due to ancient superstitions used to explain some of those differences, much of it is due to uninformed, ignorant prejudice.
A good start would be to make every person on the planet listen to Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot":
Wishful thinking, but still....
I'm pretty sure my empathy comes from being there. I have this thing where I can picture myself in the same condition and it breaks my heart. I don't think you can MAKE people empathize. There are some scientist out there trying to zap evil out of brains. They also said it doesn't work on psychopaths, I think, I was heavily medicated.
I've been watching "Through the Wormhole" again.
I respect the way the show always leaves you with more questions than answers. That's where my signature comes from, "Question Everything".
Thanks for introducing me to Carl Sagan. His voice was so soothing; his message inspiring.
I think the worse division among us right now is economic divide; "class". I may not be rich but I am a 1st class citizen. To me many, not all, of the rich and the ones that want to be are the least patriotic, least empathetic and the reason this planet may not survive. All they care about is money.
I don't know about y'all but it makes me kind of sick to my stomach when filthy rich folk beg me for money to feed starving animals. I feel sorry for the animals but I think we should feed the children and humans first. If you raise the standards of living for the poor you raise the standard for their pets as well. Rising tides lifts all ships, right?
Have A Grrrrrrrreat Day!