Why do humans categorically analyze situations with other humans with the mentality of “us against them?” I ask this question because to me much of humanities strife and suffering has been at the hands of other humans. For example the recent case of the Floridian ministers plans to “commemorate” the September 11th attacks by extremist members of Islam by burning the Islamic holy book, had they been carried out would have done nothing but further polarize relations between Christianity and Islam. I would go so far as to argue that neither the 9/11 attacks nor the planned book burning could be considered “in the spirit” of either religion. I am an idealist. I believe that humankind has the potential to do anything our minds can imagine, including long distance space travel and colonization of different worlds. I want humanity to try to achieve these goals; however, I believe that ideas and concepts like nationalism, racism and sexism are holding back our great potential. It is more than even these ideas though. Concepts like greed and politics are hindering human progress as well. These negative attitudes toward fellow humans, attitudes that separate and point out our differences only hold humankind back from working together and achieving the vast potential that I fervently believe is there just out of our reach. All of these attitudes place people in situations, which they analyze as us vs. them. This creates a schism between certain groups of people, which creates strife and thus suffering. I am of the opinion that my questions and idealizations of humankind are essentially pointless unless they reach a wider audience and help to make them think rationally about these concepts to which they hold. I am hoping that by placing my arguments up for discussion on these forums I can refine them further and thus be better prepared to fight the battle that I wish to fight.