Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Healthy Discrimination

Nearby there is a sign that warns the public: “Spitting on Sidewalks Prohibited: Penalty $5 to $100”. It makes you wonder about the difference between a $5 and a $100 spittle, but it should be enforced in every city. In any case, it’s working but not for the threat. Here is a town of people that don’t spit on the streets by its own nature.

So far the only attitude filter we use is purchase power. Works roughly but it creates class resentment and the impression that your value can be measured in dollars.

It would be sweet to allow access to people based on their proved disposition. A person known for its kindness and respect for others should be granted more confidence than those caught on senseless vandalism or noisy behavior. Actually, we make that discrimination every day. But those impressions are hard to enforce and to record systematically. We live the principle of “all man created equal”. But that doesn’t mean that they all remain equal. A human is his own craft, and some may not deserve our confidence.

When I walk through a beach, I usually pick up at least one plastic bottle from someone else and walk to the next trashcan. I’m not a good person, I’m just one with dignity, and I would like to be surrounded by the same breed. Having natural resources open for a destructive crowd is a decadent interpretation of equality.

Behavior is the new race, and we all have the right and the duty to discriminate on that basis.

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