RANT// for my brothers: the end of a world without equality

Women, are so, chill. I mean, a prevailing cultural idea is like two related things –women are “crazy,” and, um, that it’s men’s “fault.” There’s some Louis C.K. about that, some Tyler Perry plays, Drake’s “Hotline Bling” is about that. And underneath it all, you know why we give Men The Pass, let them run Things and run for president, and run guns, and be insane and make people insane is because:

We Think We Still Need To Fight To Survive.

OH MY GOD! What?! We have absolutely magical communication abilities, all these avenues for sustainable energy, and all this evidence for cooperation and fair compensation being good wherever it exists, and people are still afraid of each other. >_____<;;;;;;

My brothers are all “very religious.” Not just spiritual, but religious: their worldviews and icons for worship are intimately related to the interpretations of the text adhered to by each of their respective spiritual communities. When I went out to dinner with my brothers, my brother’s friend, and my father, I knew they all had problems with gay people and that it was bolstered by the religious culture they identify with.

Imagine any given religion’s SOCIAL functions in a world built on inequality, hoarding, and violence……..
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Now imagine how much violence would remain in the rhetoric, how many cultural distinctions would seem as rooted in divinity and necessity in a world where people can eat, sleep, and learn for free. Where we organized our societies around sensitive, respectful trading? Would men be able to tell us we need them to survive? Would they smile more? Would it be Okay to Be Gay? Would women and queers be so assaulted?  Inequality is my devil; who is the devil without inequality?

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