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The inconvenience of being human

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Last Edited: December 31, 2005, 5:00 pm

Hi blogsters:

Last night I was re-reading some of A. Grove Day's, Coronado's Quest.  It's a middling good history of the Spanish conquest of the American Southwest and the earliest encounters between Spaniards and Amerindians in the unexplored reaches north of Mexico.

In 1537, Pope Paul III issued a Papal Bull declaring that the Indians were human and that they couldn't be enslaved or driven off their lands without the folks doing it having to fear excommunication from the Church.  This represented a considerable inconvenience for the Spaniards, who had a lot of work that needed doing and didn't want to have to do it themselves.

Mexico already had a population of black slaves almost as large as the population of Spaniards, but getting more was an expensive problem involving capture and transportation, whereas the local Indians were easier to get at, so they had to find ways to circumvent the newly discovered human status.

Reading all that got me thinking.  Nowadays we've mostly all been declared human.  It's lost the moxie it once had.  Almost no protection to be found anymore in just being human.

Seems to me what's needed now is something akin to an endangered species status to get things going more along the lines his Holiness intended for the American Indians (but didn't quite achieve).

Okay.  A person kills a bald eagle or a whooping crane, he's going to do some serious time.  But if that same person kills a mere human being, it's two-to-five.  That's provided the person he kills isn't a police officerPolice already enjoy something akin to an endangered species status when it comes to getting himself killed.  That's in spite of the fact that the cop shops in this country are growing almost as fast as the prisons.  (Not to mention their exclusive retirement systems and special health care systems comparable to those gravy trains the US Congress gives itself).

No.  What I'm talking about is something the man on the street can benefit from, along with his family.  Something to keep the wife and kids from getting shot on a street corner.  That sort of thing.

Something along the lines of a Papal Bull declaring particular sorts of people both non-human and of a species that's dying out fast.

People born before 1950 might be a good place to start.

An attractive tag worn in the ear, maybe a tattoo in some obvious place to notify the casual killers on both sides of the law that need to take a miss on this one.

Wonder how a person would go about getting something like that organized.

Jack

 

Entry #516

Comments

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LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - December 31, 2005, 11:27 pm
sometimes i wish i was a chihuahua so i could lay around all day.....
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TigerAngelComment by TigerAngel - December 31, 2005, 11:31 pm
Dear Jack,
I enjoy your blogs a lot. I wish you would write about your cats. How many do you have? What breed/colors? What are their names? What funny things do they do? What smart things do they do, etc?   What effect do they have on you, etc? TA
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Comment by Rip Snorter - December 31, 2005, 11:46 pm
I did TA.... in the past, and just now.... but lots of pics of them in the past, things they killed, pics of things they killed, that sort of thing.... go back arund june double ought five and work forward... maybe earlier.... lots of dead stuff, blood and guts.

thanks for the comment

Hi mike....

Not a bad alternative.... maybe a bit busy, but not bad.... need to be a bigger dog, I'm thinking... nerves in chihs are all bundled up too tight in too small a container

thankee
Jakc
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TigerAngelComment by TigerAngel - January 1, 2006, 2:13 am
Black slaves in Mexico? Never heard of such a thing? Where did they go? Thanx for the cat post. Reiki names interesting. . .is that in reference to their messaging techniques? My mean 'ol land lady says no more cats. I'm wondering if I get a note from a pychiatrist for her, would that do the trick. I miss my putter so much. He was soooo smart and in tune spiritually. I NEED a cat!!! I will search your old blogs for cat pix, etc. TA
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Comment by Rip Snorter - January 1, 2006, 8:17 am
Hi TA:
Reiki's a healing technique.... spiritual healing.
Yeah, lots of black slaves in Mexico. Estevan, the first 'white' man to see a lot of the US all the way from Florida to California was a black slave who finally reached Mexico, then lead Spaniards back up into New Mexico.... got himself killed and chopped up into little pieces and sent around for publicity when he reached Zuni.
Jack
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Comment by Rip Snorter - January 1, 2006, 8:28 am
What happened to them? Slave uprisings, hard work, getting killed and dying natural, same as happens to everyone else, I suppose.

They were amalgamated. Became a piece of the Mestizo soup comprised of Spaniard, Indian and black that makes up the modern resident of Mexico and the Southwestern US.

Amalgamation is one of the things I'd thought in my youth would be progressing fairly well for us in the US by now, but that was back when the ideal was color blindness. Since them we've turned back to subtle racism under the heading of preserving cultural identity.

Jack
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BuzzsawAnnComment by BuzzsawAnn - January 1, 2006, 12:02 pm
You know I had to comment- (1st) all weapons should be removed i.e. guns from America-I know it is the first amendment right but it is not working- (2nd )why should the baby boomers be exempt from getting killed- no one should be getting killed- and as far as that identity tattoo or earring it sounds like Nazi Germany- and besides we can already identify people by the color of their skin- either they are white or not.
So when you win that Mega, Power Jackpot you must organize to improve the world to fully receive your blessing.
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Comment by Rip Snorter - January 1, 2006, 12:15 pm
Thanks for the comment buzzsawann.

Whatever improvements rear their heads, I'll have to use my own best judgement on, assumng I win a jackpot. I'm not a utopian as you evidently are. Maybe when you win you can do it, instead.

I jest a lot on my blog. 'why should' this and thats assume a seriousness that isn't there.

You and I probably wouldn't agree on much of anything, so we'll just have to agree to disagree.

Have a great double naught six.

Jack

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