Last week I was talking to mirloc
about perceptions. He's seen active combat and served in two different branches of the armed forces. During the Cold War, it was really drilled into them how the Russians were despicable and worthy of only contempt.
During WWII, we had the interment camps for the Japanese.
These days, we're encouraged to scrutinize anyone of middle eastern descent.
Personally, the only group of people that I single out to despise are "humans", and in particular, political leaders.
I watched Diane Sawyer interview the leader of Iran. We call him arrogant and a bully. He calls Bush the same. It pisses me off that these people speak for their countries when I'm pretty certain that they only speak for themselves. I know that they aren't speaking for me.
I boggle at how poorly people are treated, everywhere. How ethnic groups and genders are treated differently. I simply cannot fathom what makes one person superior to any other if all you're looking at is genetics.
If I had the ability to implement one change, it would be for the world to view each person as no better or worse than any other until their actions prove otherwise.
In terms of biology, the human race is a virulent cancer.