I just had a bible rant complete with chapter and verse as a comment on one of my blogs.
The biggest lie that permeates our society – the foundation of our American philosophy – is that all men are created equal.
All men should have equal rights; but the old argument between nature and nurture addresses the fallacy that all men are created (born) as equals.
Severe retardation is not an inherited trait; but borderline retardation (barely functional IQ’s) is passed through the genes. All people are not equal in their mental and physical abilities: an indisputable fact.
People with low IQ’s are easily influenced by any movement that will give them recognition and praise: these are the people that are prayed on by religious fundamentalist churches, political propaganda and charismatic snake oil salesmen.
However, our individual make up is more complicated than just our intellect. Who we are can be generally defined by our DNA; our social environment; and our education or access to information.
Our color of hair and eyes, general appearance, disposition, and in some degree our intelligence is influenced by our DNA: traits handed down from our parents and their blood line.
Our belief system, values, dress, actions and civility are primarily determined by the social environment we are raised in and to some extent live in as adults. We all had little control of our indoctrination during childhood.
Our prospect to live logically and process information at a higher level is determined by our access to information, the depth of our experiences and opportunities.
This is all generalization; but does offer some food for thought on why people are the way they are.