perhaps one day our cultures will evolve to the point where we can accept that others around us will always be different and that that is a good thing (usually).
yea, I hear ya there. I'm of Polish, Mexican, Native American, and Spanish descent; there are no doubt LOTS of bad things that my ancestors have done, but I'm well aware that there are a number of good things that they've done that have helped form the world into what it is today. I'd like my children to learn about as many cultures, religions, political systems, and languages as possible...perhaps if they are properly educated about such things, they'll be able to think for themselves and make intelligent life decisions. (or at least I hope that they will be able to)
eh, I tend to ignore assholes and pay attention to everyone that seems to be decent regardless of what they are. sadly, this is a bit of a challenge because there are way too many assholes in the world.
hrm, I don't really think that I want to debate the merits or pitfalls of socialism, mainly because it's a very touchy subject and also because I don't know enough about it just yet to give you any educated responses (sorry); however, your comment about blending the different political systems does make a bit of sense (I remember reading Plato's Republic and thinking that such a system would be pretty spiffy). A lot of the things I've read on socialism, marxism, communism, capitalism, etc., suggest that each one has some merits of their own, but that there is always something missing from them that could be supplemented by an aspect from another line of thinking.
I suppose that one day our descendants will figure out something that works...or maybe they'll just nuke the snot out of each other when they realise that they can't make everybody else think the same way as them.