Frank Sterle 
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Re: “'Please, Come Forward'

As a 53-year-old, it seems to me that a very large number of people, however precious their lives, can be considered disposable to a nation. And when the young children of those people take notice of this, they're vulnerable to begin perceiving themselves as worthless. It’s atrociously unjust and desperately needs to stop! Although their devaluation as human beings is basically based on their race, it still reminds me of the devaluation, albeit perhaps subconsciously, of the daily civilian lives lost (a.k.a. “casualties”) in protractedly devastating civil war zones and sieges. At some point, they can end up receiving just a few column inches in the First World’s daily news.

Posted by Frank Sterle on 04/29/2021 at 2:31 PM

Re: “A System in Need of Upcycling

General human mentality allows us to, amongst other forms of blatant pollution, throw non-biodegradables down a dark chute like we’re safely dispensing it into a black-hole singularity to be crushed into nothing.

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Posted by Frank Sterle on 04/18/2021 at 3:36 PM

Re: “'Please, Come Forward'

It's as though a large number of precious-life human beings are being considered disposable to the nation. And when the young children of those people take notice of this, they're vulnerable to begin perceiving themselves as worthless/disposable. It’s atrociously unjust and desperately needs to stop! Although their devaluation as human beings is basically based on their race, it still reminds me of the devaluation, albeit perhaps subconsciously, of the daily civilian lives lost (a.k.a. “casualties”) in protractedly devastating civil war zones and sieges. It gets a few column inches in the First World’s daily news. ...

At a very young and therefore impressionable age, I was emphatically told by my mother (who's of Eastern European heritage) about the exceptionally kind and caring nature of our Black family doctor. She never had anything disdainful to say about people of color; in fact she loves to watch/listen to the Middle Eastern and Indian subcontinental dancers and musicians on the multicultural channels. This had a positive effect upon me. Had she (for whatever reason) told me the opposite about the doctor, however, I could have aged while blindly linking his color with an unjustly cynical view of him and, eventually, all Black people.

Some people — who may now be in an armed authority capacity — were raised with a distrust or blind dislike of other racial groups.

The first step towards changing our irrationally biased thinking can be our awareness of it and its origin. But until then, I believe, such biased sentiments should either be kept to oneself or counselled, especially when considering the mentality is easily inflamed by anger.

Posted by Frank Sterle on 04/18/2021 at 3:19 PM

Re: “'Vindicated'

Cannabis and its derivatives shouldn't have been illegal and confiscated to begin with.

They're are known to be a healthier alternative to tranquilizer use/abuse and therefor a potential threat to pharmaceutical profit margins. As a U.S. example, I recall a then-president Bill Clinton deciding against fully legalizing (i.e. on a federal level) both medicinal and recreational cannabis consumption after having championed it (or, at the very least, its decriminalization) prior to his election. Much worse, as president he greatly ramped up the war on drugs — including against personal users, which needlessly unjustly destroyed lives — at the same time as he made it easier for bankers to become richer.

Other than to pander to the bloated-profit interests of the pharmaceutical industry — which loves the long-maintained pot-consumption legal obstacles just fine — there was/is no good reason (morally, ethically or national interest) to keep pot consumption criminal. On the contrary, there’s all the reason to legalize it.

Posted by Frank Sterle on 04/11/2021 at 3:40 PM

Re: “'Stand Up to Hate'

If I recollect correctly, the 2007-08 financial crisis resulted in the biggest, and perhaps the most culpably corrupt, mainstream U.S. bankers NOT being criminally indicted but rather given their multi-million-dollar performance bonuses via taxpayer-funded bailout. Yet, the feds, in a classical cowardly move, only charged some high-level staff with a relatively small-potatoes Chinese-American community bank as a figurative sacrificial lamb that couldn’t really fight back and who looked different from most other Americans.

Posted by Frank Sterle on 04/11/2021 at 3:32 PM

Re: “'Love Over Hate' Vigil for Atlanta Victims Planned Sunday

Remove the greatest difference among humans—race/color—and left are less obvious differences over which to clash, such as sub-racial identity (i.e. ethnicity), nationality, religion and so forth down that scale we tumble. And throw a contemporary deadly virus into the ugly equation for a really hateful fire.

I occasionally muse that, what humankind may need to suffer in order to survive the long term from ourselves is an even greater nemesis (perhaps a multi-tentacled ET?) than our own politics and perceptions of differences, against which we could all unite, attack and defeat—all during which we’d be forced to work closely side-by-side together and witness just how humanly similar we are to each other.

Then again, maybe some five or more decades later when all traces of the nightmarish ET invasion are gone, we'll inevitably revert to the same typical politics of scale to which we humans seem so collectively hopelessly prone; including that of the intercontinental, international, national, provincial or state, regional and municipal.

Posted by Frank Sterle on 03/21/2021 at 10:41 AM

Re: “'Love Over Hate' Vigil for Atlanta Victims Planned Sunday

Although research reveals infants demonstrate a preference for caregivers of their own race, any future racial biases and bigotries generally are environmentally acquired. (Adult racist sentiments are often cemented by a misguided yet strong sense of entitlement, perhaps also acquired from one's environment.)

One means of proactively preventing this social/societal problem may be by allowing young children to become accustomed to other races in a harmoniously positive manner. Sadly, some very unfortunate people—who may now be in an armed authority capacity—were raised with an irrational distrust or blind dislike of other racial groups.

The first step towards changing our irrationally biased thinking can be our awareness of it and its origin. But until then, I believe, such biased sentiments should either be kept to oneself or counselled, especially when considering the mentality is easily inflamed by anger.

Posted by Frank Sterle on 03/21/2021 at 10:38 AM

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