StringJunky Posted November 23, 2021 Share Posted November 23, 2021 48 minutes ago, mistermack said: I've long regarded racial prejudice as a natural inherited characteristic embedded in the human genome. (not that natural equates to good). You have to understand that our ancestors evolved from terratorial apes. They probably lived in bands or troops who claimed and held a territory, which they relied on for their survival. They would have been aware of their immediate neighbours, and would have had to defend their territory and members of the clan against aggression from those next door. This is roughly how chimps live now, where they are numerous enough to actually have neighbours and rival clans. I remember reading somewhere that one of the Islands of the East Indies, I think Borneo, had as many as nine hundred separate languages, each extended clan having their own language. And clans were always at war with each other. The basic instinct is distrust and dislike of our neighbours, especially if they look and sound different. It seems to be a numbers thing. Small numbers of incomers don't cause alarm, but when they increase in numbers, the aliens tend to get the blame for everything that goes wrong. These days we seem to be favouring intellect over instinct, but history shows that when things go wrong, the baser instinct takes over. Yes, it is the rate of immigration that determines how they will be received, I think. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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