athenamuze sent me a virtual gift -- champagne, to thank me for staying in touch and to congratulate me on my recent writing successes. The bubbles tickle my nose. Thanks, athenamuze! I haven't had much time to go online lately, but you remind me why I came to LiveJournal in the first place: to meet great people.
These two calls give a good example of how much difference prompt discovery of a fire can make. In one someone was there to report the problem; in the other, no one was home when the fire broke out. Although a smoke detecter wasn't a factor in either case, they still show how important early detection is in making a difference -- so get that detector and check the battery!
Oh, also, don't drink and drive. (CBS cares.)
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Society as a whole? Absoluely. There always will be individual morons and scumbags who judge people by the color of their skin, but look how far we've come in such a relatively short period of time. 150 years ago, almost all black people in America were slaves. 50 years ago segregation was a given. Imagine how things might be 50 years from now?
In the end it's not more laws or regulations that will finish the job -- on the contrary, racism won't truly be overcome until it comes from within, not without. it will be when the majority become so used to seeing people as individuals that we won't *need* laws or regulations. We've come a long way, and sometimes it's uphill -- now we have to stay the course.