Monday, October 8, 2018

The Paradox of Racialism

Racialism: A Broken, Dysfunctional, and Failing System

When we juxtapose the system of racialism with the dynamics of an optimal and highly functional social system, we can begin to understand its brokenness, dysfunctionality, and failing properties.  The characteristics of Racialism--the matter (human beings) and the energy sources (mental models, outdated language, ignorance, and social paradigms) are what keep this system alive.  Also, we must consider the philosophical, social, economic, biological, ecological, ethical, and spiritual domains that are impacted by this system.  

Then, we can begin to understand racialism’s systemic structure/nature.  In reference to the optimal efficiency of a system, it becomes quite clear that we could never achieve this within the system of racialism. It is divisive by its very structure/nature and creates boundaries and barriers that only allow for the optimization of each element (based on different races) separately, but not as a whole society.  Clearly, its trajectory—leading to a future filled with even more volatility-vulnerability, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) conditions, which only exacerbate the inefficiencies and brokenness of the system. 

The Paradox of Racialism

          It is precisely because the system creates values and unfair advantages for certain individuals and groups with a particular set of interests and creates a narrow range of values and opportunities for others that causes an imbalance within the system. The result – major inefficiencies in the methods and processes in which we use to create values and equal opportunities for society as a whole (holistically). This imbalance in the system leads to inevitable undesirable outcomes (injustice, inequality, and disparities in the distribution of goods, services, resources, and opportunities for advancement across all strata and disciplines); unintended consequences (conflict and the wrong line of conduct); and ultimately a failure (a binary disjunctive society).