Recently, I had a few ideas. Do they make any sense to you?
As I explained before, most of us need to take Vitamin D. It builds and protects our bones but plays many other roles in our body too. Vitamins are complex molecules that we need but cannot synthesize ourselves. Vitamin D can be created in our skin under influence of ultra-violet sunlight. However, so much sun exposure is needed that it would leave us at risk of skin cancer (melanoma).
So who make Vitamin D that we may take it from? Bacteria in our intestines. Some others there make also Vitamin K. The difference is, after K is excreted by the bacteria, it is taken in into our bloodstream, but not D. That’s created beyond the point where we can still absorb it. Vitamin D is thus excreted with the bowel movement. Animals that eat from the ground so get enough D. But we rinse our food. We eat from tables and plates. (Even our domesticated animals might eat from cleaned floors.) The price: we must find ways to still get D. Plenty of sun was one trick. We lost most of our fur and so could generate D. From bear to bare.
However, that meant that touch became naked skin to skin. We became in danger of sexual stimulation whenever and almost wherever we touched each other. We needed social codes and conventions of how (not) to touch in order to not become sexual all the time. That made us colder, more isolated and lonely. The solution, funnily, was to bond with a sexual partner and become one flesh. Having sex all over the place did not work against the aloneness.
Exposing bare skin and hair became ways to upgrade our market value and chances to not stay alone, largely masking our in-born beauty that’s more than skin-deep. We grew to enjoy petting hairy animals – and also started eating them in a primitive attempt to regain what we lost?
When some humans moved to colder regions, they needed more clothing and received less sun as it was. Then, how to survive this lack of sun-skin-generated Vitamin D? Solution: losing most of their skin pigmentation. A lighter skin more easily uptakes sunlight. Rickets and dark tones may break my bones, but fairness will never break me?
One would think that the rare pale naked skin would fill its exotic bearers with enough pride not to need to look down on others for self-esteem, but it didn’t. Once they reconnected with their darker brethren, they found them “less advanced” instead of admitting that their own adaptation was not “progress” but in fact a deterioration, which left them less protected against sunburn and melanoma, and with brittle hair and split ends. And their long feeble hair needed to be bundled all the time not to block their fields of vision.
It used to be that tensions between groups of people were mainly between neighboring countries, for territory and to enslave “the other.”
Later, peoples were being categorized according to customs and especially language. True, possibilities and impossibilities of a language do color how we think, but such differences have been grossly exaggerated to “justify” wars between the good (us) and the wicked (them). Germans and Anglo-Saxons are of course only linguistic categories, nor moral ones.
When Christianity spread among the pale-faced, they claimed superiority because they had Monotheism, so conveniently they asserted a right to trade and enslave “inferior” blacks as if animals or merchandise. Yet, the lie of racism was thin because, if the difference was religious truth, that can be passed on. (Besides, the founders of Christianity most probably were not fair-skinned or blue-eyed.)
Six hundred years ago, skin color was still completely immaterial but became an excuse to “justify” slavery and slave trade. “Progress” in science then brought genetics and Evolution Theory, which gave the concepts to label blacks as lower creatures supposedly closer to apes.
Even after abolition of slavery, “racial” profiling stayed popular – while humans all are rather of one race: homo sapiense sapience. The medical world continued to measure skulls to pinpoint irrelevant differences between populations. These variations were now needed to “justify” colonialism – and the mass murder of Jews.
Another new excuse to divide and oppress is based on belief. The Inquisition in Spain burned Jews because they did not want to convert to their “superior” religion, not because of those “lowly” lineages.
Meanwhile, “good old” nationalism is still alive, as we see in wars, protectionism (closing borders) and international sport competitions. “Race” is still the pretext for White Supremacists, uninterested if a Jew was baptized; but extremist Muslims wouldn’t bother Islamic Jews.
In fact, of course, there are only two groups of people: people who divide mankind into two and people who don’t. Hatred, nationalism, racism, supremacy, colonialism and wars have long roots and are hard to weed. While there is nothing wrong with being proud and continuing our identities, wrong is to assume that some of us are automatically entitled to more than others. And that is where these oppressions tie in with classism.
And here we are now: naked, lonely, oversexed (not you, but almost everyone else), with different skin colors and divided by racism and entitlement “thinking.” This all, just because we wanted to be decent and eat from a plate. It’s been a huge price, if you ask me.
Now beginning to eat like animals is too late. Just have your Vitamin D, have an intimate partner to bond with, have platonic clothed hugs, don’t abuse sex, don’t support wars and do abandon arrogant ideas; and if you are white, have haircuts and a multi-ethnic circle of friends.
The small vitamin with the big consequences.