Life is both very easy to understand and difficult at the same time. It all depends on your perspective. All have thought about the problems they face, but usually without understanding. Herein you may see a different take on understanding mankind and his relations to others.
In talking with a fellow who calls himself a “neo-liberal”, I see a man who thinks our salvation lies in the hopefully benevolent arms of a powerful government. He hopes to control this awesome force by electing people who think as he does. This has not worked out in over 200 years here, but hope (or blindness) is an eternal spring.
Most men suffer under the illusion that we are all separate units in the total sense and that what we perceive here on earth via our senses represents the true reality. This is not the way it is, but knowing that mankind believes this we can seek to understand him. He is self absorbed and will act with thoughtful self-interest most of the time when he is not coerced by powerful forces outside himself. This is why a teenage boy can be so very nice and engaging one-on-one but a real terror when in a group of his peers.
In a democracy, groups form as naturally as flowers on a hibiscus and they also last but a short time. The groups last as long as there is gain to be had in being in that group. It is much like the crazed sports fan; he will waive the towel and buy the tickets as long as his team is winning. Democracy at its worst is group warfare. It is the state of many competing groups all seeking advantage over everyone else.
In the United States the Japanese were badly discriminated against for a long time. It was so bad that that 120,000 of them were confined in detention camps for much of World War II and their property and businesses were taken away. Yet by 1959 Japanese households had equaled those of whites in income, and by 1969 they were earning one-third more. How is this possible? Did Americans learn to love the Japanese in the decade after the worst war in History? No, the Japanese did not seek group advantage from a government that was hostile to them, rather they worked as individuals to make gains. Often the way the Japanese looks at family and honor played a part. But, we do know that the government backed discrimination that took real form due to the actions of the government were overcome by people who look and sound very different from the mainstream of American life. Is the odd? No.
The part that “neo-liberals” (or collectivists of any stripe) just can not seem to understand is that racism without government power is of little consequence. If a man hates his neighbor because the neighbor is black, then the black neighbor is not harmed. But, if the hater can get the government to enact legislation making blacks illegible to mingle with the rest of the population, drink at fountains, go into restaurants, and so on then by the power of government the black man is harmed. And of course, the same goes for any group of individuals. It goes for race, religion, sex, national origin, looks, weight, and God knows what else.
We must never seek to use the brutal force of government to favor one group (a set of individuals) over another group. That way lies hatred, brutality, discrimination, and the death of morality.