The malady of present day: succumbing to the “Us vs. Them” mentality being thrust upon us from all angles, when we ought to know damn well that we’re all a product of the same origin, swirling around inside the same cosmic whole. In weaker moments I find myself doing nothing but comparing myself to the achievements/accolades of others and wondering why I’m “inferior”, even though that term is a perfect indicator of the steady regimen that the xenophobia-fabricating beancounters have been peddling for millennia. And to what end? Special treatment, of course. It may have started with something as simple as demonstrating specialized value for an extra piece of bread in daily rations, and its most recent manifestation comes as the president of the United States. Oh, what a trepidatious path we’ve been suckered into following.