When will we overcome our tribal instincts?

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To the editor:

How long will it be before humans conquer vestiges of their evolutionary past that have morphed into unseemly traits?

Competition for finite resources and survival of the fittest among various species have now manifest as excessive greed, most perilously in the mindsets of ruthless dictators, power brokers, unscrupulous politicians, as well as many titans within the business and the financial sectors of national economies.

Fear of outsiders and trust in one’s own tribe made sense eons ago when mankind first appeared on Earth.  Today, such instincts appear as racial and ethnic prejudices. Diversity is still a pejorative concept among xenophobic folks.

When will humans clean up their act, collectively rewire harmful vestigial circuits passed down from generation to generation?  Will enlightened folks ever attain positions of influence and catalyze that process?

If America is to survive as a prosperous nation, reasonable immigration laws will need to be enacted.  Ghettos, pockets of poverty, ethnically homogenous middle-income developments and gated communities will no longer dot the national landscape.

A more balanced distribution of wealth increases overall purchasing power, is good for business and creates a more robust economy.  A more balanced distribution of people increases familiarity among diverse cultures, is good for social progress and creates a more robust melting pot.

We are a nation of immigrants.  Folks come here for a reason.  The American Dream still exists in many minds, yet without reversing troubling trends and legislating policies that provide for economic and social justice, the welcoming spirit of America will no longer shine through a world replete with instability, extreme gender inequality, and indigence.

Lately, some politicians and talking heads are attempting to alter the character of our nation, refuting those evolving ideals that have served us well.  Some even wistfully yearn for an America with no civil rights laws, no labor unions, no regulatory agencies.  They would also close the door on most immigration and never offer amnesty to undocumented residents.

We must not let them win the day.  We must provide opportunities for all those willing to work hard and attain the American Dream. We must respect and perhaps even participate in the traditions of other cultures, get to know each other.  We must strive to provide a world class education for all our children, worthwhile job opportunities for all adults, decent health care for every American.  We can do it.

Lawrence Uniglicht


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