Misattributing Your Race To Advancing Civilization

Many of you think it even when you’re not drunk …or if we don’t happen to hear you say it

It never loses its shock value. It reeks of stupid embitterment. And It always looks and sounds foolish.

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A white Columbia sophomore was caught on disturbing video unleashing a racist tirade aimed at a group of students of color — yelling that “white people are the best thing that happened to the world,” according to a report.

The apparently drunk student, identified by the Columbia Spectator as Julian von Abele, followed the group from Butler Library to a campus eatery about 4 a.m. Sunday.

“We invented science and industry and you want to tell us to stop because, ‘Oh my God, we’re so bad!’” he is seen shouting in the video shot by one of the onlookers.

“We saved billions of people from starvation, we built modern civilization! White people are the best thing that ever happened to the world!” continues the bespectacled young man, who is clad in a blazer and button-down shirt.

The incredulous students express shock at his unhinged rant.

Humans built modern civilization, not an existentially racialized subgroup of humans, just humans. It is interdependently a collective effort that is not predicated on some imagined genetic preference or difference in our biological makeups. In addition to being an insignificantly fraudulent machination, it is also a gross oversimplification.

At too many times in our history, whites made choices assuming that without maintaining our whiteness we will lose our power, privilege, and status. Or whites believed that if we give more power to people of color the benefits of our white skin color would be devalued. Too many of us who are white were socialized to believe that with racism we gain and with the end of racism we lose.

But as we look back at our history we see our white power and privilege has come at great emotional and spiritual cost to us as white people. We have an identity that is limited to our power and privilege. We live in a fearful, controlling and often violent society. We have no useful ways of affirming being white — apart from saying we are not a person of color. We experience the “twoness” and contradiction of our freedom and the oppression of people of color. Our power has put us in “wrong relationship” with people of color. Above all we have never achieved recognition of the common humanity of all Americans. — Rev. Dr. William J. Gardiner ⁵

That said by one of their own, I too echo similar sentiments and will never, ever, recognize any tainted or contaminated “achievement” by whites as they put it towards the “advancement of civilization”. NEVER.

Hanging on to the corruptive idea that “White people are the best thing that ever happened to the world!” is not only absurd, it is misguided in all of its blustering intents and unceremonious circumstances. These outbursts of false or insensitive beliefs occur because we have become inundated with fictitious sources and enmeshed in false narratives which conspicuously disregard people of color and has pervaded knowledge without proper challenge. This is the vanity and insanity of whiteness. What we are left with is white puffery, which intentionally seeks to disincentivize other subpopulations in an effort of pursuing unfair advantage and unearned gains capitalistically.

The problem is that it has worked to great detriment in slowing down the advancement of our civilization.

All around us we see monuments to their fame and status of historical achievement that reinforces white supremacy. The rarity of learning about or seeing monuments deifying people of color however, do not permeate a similar sense of groupthink ideology for those subgroups in the way that monuments of confederate soldiers or eugenic scientist instill whiteness. In fact, monuments of Martin Luther King Jr. for instance seem more like an act of charity by whiteness than a symbol of remarkable civilizing achievements yearned from the collective human spirit. The monuments of Egypts past do not advocate a racialized concept of being but is always coopted by whiteness for its impressive ancient civilization.

Now some stupid idiotic person will read this and say I am lying. But this just shows how much the truth actually hurts them. The hurt is like letting out the hot air of dangerous pride, filled with fallacious reasoning, and knowledge from an annoying ballon that hovers over us. Intelligence of any sort that threatens to pop that hot air balloon in a zero-sum world is elusive.

As you can see this individual has soaked up some deceptively corruptive knowledge incorporating white supremacy in suggesting that due to whiteness the invention of science and industry was made possible. This eugenical posturing of the role of whiteness is preposterous. An intelligent person could not have come up with such erroneous conclusions.

An intelligent person would know that the eugenic mythologizing or hero-worshiping of recorded or documented white persons celebrated in particular, in science and industry are misguided attempts at shoring up white supremacy. They know that there is a degree of inaccuracy and exaggeration to a variety of claims of discovery, and most importantly that the particular race of such groups is unnecessary to determine and wholly irrelevant.

Probably should not presuppose that the current civilization you just happened to be alive in — by cognizance is the most advanced either. That civilization (exo-civilization), however advanced, may have not been human either but could have been wiped out from a cosmic event or a traumatic climate shifting event spurred on by their own activity or even their own undoing from incivility with the use of invented weapons of mass destruction. How it will end may not look exactly like the 2.5 hour Hollywood interpretations but could scientifically be revealed and deliberated as science writer Adam Frank did in The Atlantic.

That means each exo-civilization that evolved from its planet’s biosphere had a history: a story of emergence, rising capacities, and then maybe a slow fade or rapid collapse. And just as most species that have ever lived on Earth are now extinct, so too most civilizations that emerged (if they emerged) may have long since ended. So we’re exploring what may have happened to others to gain insights into what might happen to us.¹

The world was quite larger decades before the recent collective organization of technology and globalization made it smaller. Therefore someone else who is nonwhite in another part of the globe may have centuries before already discovered how to harness electricity, but was ahead of their time and did not quite have the prerequisite interdependence nor the fortunate evolving circumstance to convey and distribute it effectively, so it may have simply been utilized locally without documented records to show.

I wouldn’t dismiss the Mandela Effect of whiteness either. The South generally recalls slavery as something completely different than what it actually should be remembered for. Such shared false memories documented, taught and passed down still pervade out civics and is aided and abetted by racism that corrupt and pervade knowledge to this day. It is at times widely felt that we are living in and through virtual realities or parallel universes of shared experience. Here is a very simple example out of context, but in degree and scope of this Mandela Effect phenomena.

No single example of the Mandela Effect has generated more online buzz than that of the children’s book series and animated TV show The Berenstain Bears. Quite a few people who grew up with the series, it turns out, remember the title being The Berenstein Bears, with the name ending in “ein” instead of “ain” (with some even going to go so far as to maintain that the fictional bears’ surname was changed along the way to make it “less Jewish”):²

A page on Broome’s web site cites a number of testimonials:

I too clearly remember it as ‘Berenstein’ even though I never read the books. Why would anyone change that? Seems irrelevant.

🤔 What?!🤨

Does anyone remember the Berenstein Bears? I do. Although somewhere along the line the name has changed to the Berenstain Bears. No record of “stein” which is definitely how it was when i was younger. No question about it.

🤔 NAH!🤨

I would like to say that I VERY CLEARLY remember “Berenstain Bears” being Berenstein Bears. I very specifically remember it being pronounced “STEIN” on the show.

🤔 You mean you misremembered it, clearly! 🤨

Didn’t it used to be the Berenstein Bears? Now, suddenly it’s the Berenstain bears? Is this some sort of anti-semitic cover-up? Or have those of us who grew up in the 1980’s been misinformed, misread, and mispronounced?

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IT WAS NEVER CALLED THE BERENSTEIN BEARS!

The authors of that cartoon illustration used their last name Berenstain for the family of bears identity and title of the strip. There is no conspiracy here.

That is just a common example of insensitive beliefs on display that are motivated by ignorance and which refuses to change in spite of evidence to the contrary. This is why I don’t waste much of my precious invaluable time arguing with insensitive beliefs — or stupid people.

Not satisfied with cornering the market of the ancient seven deadly sins, the new psychological terror are the seven sins of the collective memory of groupthink ideology.

Memory’s errors are as fascinating as they are important. They can be divided into seven fundamental transgressions or “sins,” which I call transience, absentmindedness, blocking, misattribution, suggestibility, bias and persistence. Just like the ancient seven deadly sins — pride, anger, envy, greed, gluttony, lust and sloth — the memory sins occur frequently in everyday life and can have serious consequences for all of us.

There are ancient civilizations being uncovered in parts of the world that cannot be attributed to or considered to have been contaminated by whiteness. Many of the inventions that colonizers were introduced to are precursors to what have been or are in modern use today, especially when it comes to Ancient engineering or industrialization.

We’re used to imagining extinct civilizations in terms of the sunken statues and subterranean ruins. These kinds of artifacts of previous societies are fine if you’re only interested in timescales of a few thousands of years. But once you roll the clock back to tens of millions or hundreds of millions of years, things get more complicated.

When it comes to direct evidence of an industrial civilization — things like cities, factories, and roads — the geologic record doesn’t go back past what’s called the Quaternary period 2.6 million years ago. For example, the oldest large-scale stretch of ancient surface lies in the Negev Desert. It’s “just” 1.8 million years old — older surfaces are mostly visible in cross section via something like a cliff face or rock cuts. Go back much farther than the Quaternary and everything has been turned over and crushed to dust. ³

So this pseudo profound belief that whiteness sparked modern civilization as we know it today represents a much bigger problem of the corrosive knowledge misattributing the white race to its credit. The memory issues with its incredulous false narratives and distortions are all evidence of contributing factors of disinformation promulgated by callousness and irrelevance with efforts that rather devolve human civilization not advance it.

It appears the more that I write the better I perceive.

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