Does God Discriminate? – Modern Koans

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Question:

Why do people discriminate, when God does not?

Response:

Does God discriminate? I can’t say one way or the other. In my conception of God, there would be no differentiation capable. But that’s what I think, not what God does.

Scripture certainly divides people. In the Bible, the people of Israel are the chosen people, the rest are Gentiles. Buddhist divide people up into the unenlightened and enlightened. Muslims divide between the faithful and the apostates. There are as many divisions as there are religions. In my opinion discrimination is human nature – that is it’s genetic.

Here’s a few reasons why people differentiate between us and them.

  1. Because the genes that encode discrimination between us from them have survived. This implies there is a survival benefit that comes with discrimination. The obvious example is the ability to discriminate between friends and predators.
  2. There is a genetic bias towards protecting those individuals who are genetically similar. We protect family over others.

Discrimination should be viewed from an ideological and a genetic perspective. Understanding that our genes provide us with a disposition to discriminate, we will be better able to understand our ideologies.

Things like institutional racism have deep roots, deeper than just our opinions. Knowing this, we can understand why it is so difficult to overcome. Knowing this we must view the status quo as an enemy of ideological evolution. There is hard work to be done to bring our world view into line with this modern world we’ve created.

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