The Octogenarians

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From: Virginia Vidaver <vvidaver>
Date: August 5, 2016 2:26:22 PM PDT
To: CLAUDEWELL THOMAS <cysid32>
Subject:ON THE ORIGINS OF PRES. OBAMA’S EXPLOSIVE RISE IN POPULARITY

Anger is spontaneous. Hate is forever–or so it seems. Sunni-Shite hatred goes back a millennium; anti-semitism is older still and we see no end in sight for racism. Pres. Obama, despite his clear majority and enthusiastic voter support was soon enough engulfed by racism’s hatred. Why? Is it that hatred is simply “natural” to the human species, as enduring as mankind itself to be dumped on anyone deemed different from oneself? No, I don’t believe so despite our ever-present potential for spontaneous violence towards members of “foreign” tribes. Homo sapiens are tribal creatures whose evolution over the last million years from our primate ancestors depended on the success of one’s tribe in overcoming neighboring tribes: for territory…

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