Robots Are Not Racists, Rivers Are Not Human

By Mark Antony Rossi

Lately in the extreme efforts of social justice people have gone out of their mind. Common sense muse prevail when attempting to fix a wrong or you risk creating a bigger wrong.

A perfect example of this idiotic social outrage is the ongoing Star Wars “debate.” At first criticism was leveled at the villain Darth Vader because he was encased in a solid black uniform and boots. This pigment symbolism is linked to furthering black racism by means of subliminal seduction. Later in this specious argument the white armored storm-troopers are referred to as proof of white supremacy in an Imperialist Empire.

The most recent outage is calling robots racist because their external construction happens to be a white plastic shell. This overreaction is contrary to better social relations between various cultures and in real terms does damage to well-meaning engineers and scientists whom are not weighing every design decision against a politic that morphs faster than most change their underwear (Oh God, these are white too!)

The country of Bangladesh decided to pass a law declaring their rivers are living creatures deserving of human rights. Their intentions are to protect the rivers from overfishing and pollution. But surely there are laws on the books against these environmental harms. Why is it necessary to equate water with humanity? Judging the current state of global human rights those laws have done very little to prevent human trafficking, organ theft, sexual slavery or torture. Yet we are naive to think elevating H2O to Homo Sapiens is a sure fire method to stop reckless people from abusing natural resources.

This well-intentioned thinking is truly getting out of hand. There are movements claiming plants have feelings. Cows should vote. Mountains are sacred doorways to ancestral spirits. The rapid drive to equate everything and anything to human legal standing is bound to backfire and threaten human rights. Basic logic informs us when everything is deemed human nothing is special anymore. You can’t adopt a cat if its rights are identical to yours. Being an owner would be no different than being a slavemaster.

I want whales to live too but I’m not ready to share stock tips with a gentle beast bigger than a bus. People shouldn’t pollute rivers. It’s downright counterproductive behavior to our own survival. Yet when my son walks down the wedding aisle one day I don’t think a bucket of river water is going to be his best man or best liquid. And how can I be allowed to drink something that has the same rights as me. Aren’t I a murderer if I drink a tall glass of river tide?

If we sincerely want to protect our planet we don’t need more laws we need more hearts willing to curb their base instincts in order to leave something clean and decent for their children. You cannot punish your way into a more meaningful society. By respecting the biological and rejecting the ideological the path to a promised tomorrow is closer than legislating through fear and fantasy.

About the Author: Mark Antony Rossi is a poet, playwright and author of the bioethics volume “Dark Tech” now available from Amazon. His most recent plays have been produced in Liverpool and New York. He also hosts a podcast called Strength to be Human.

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