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Jan 26 15 8:44 PM

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According to a statement generally attributed to Joseph Goebbels, "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."  Whether his ascription of such propaganda tactics to his enemies constitutes a textbook case of projection is beyond the purpose of this post.  Instead, I would rather focus on the general accuracy of his statement: constant repetition of an untruth can often lead people to accept it as truth.  Which brings me to a piece of "conventional wisdom" that many of us have grown up believing... namely, that there are various human "races".  
This is not to deny obvious genetic differences.  However, if all humans descended from Adam and Eve (and, slightly more recently, Noah and his wife), then each of us faces the same basic moral and spiritual quandry as to whether we as individuals will decide to do what is right and, if- when- one of us fails to do so, whether that person will continue on such a path or turn from and restore ourselves to a right relationship with others.  Instead of dividing ourselves over superficial expressions of traits, we should realize that we share a common decision that far outweighs them.