Perspective is important if you are observing something. You have to stand far enough away, but not too far. You have to be in the right place to see everything. Right in the center of the scene may not actually be the best place, but not too far off to the side either.
So much of what we observe seems to be crazy, bizarre, nonsensical, or irrational- or rational, but only within a limited frame. But this is never true. As Ayn Rand said- “There are no contradictions. Check your premises.” Another quote about models- a more skeptical one, from Alfred Korzybski- is “The map is not the territory.” It’s not, but the map should allow you move around the territory with some confidence, knowing where you are and what is around you.
We expect societies and governments to function at least somewhat rationally on a set of rules we can know and understand. This is a handicap, because rational goal-seeking is only one way of understanding things.
When we think of civilizations, we don’t have that handicap. When we think of a civilization, we simply think of something that existed- we usually think of civilizations as existing in the past- that behaved in certain ways and had certain characteristics, and we don’t expect to understand them as rational because we presume- without much justification- that societies and governments in the past would be based on superstition and other irrational thought systems.
The Trayvon Martin case is in itself quite insignificant- and yet it’s consuming not merely the imagination of some bloggers or news outlets, but the political system as a whole. The highest and most powerful people in the US are strongly committed to see it through to some end advantageous to them.
The best way to understand this is to understand that the civilization in which we live- Puritan progressive globalism, as I am calling it, call it what you will- takes for itself the protection and sponsorship of blacks as perhaps the most important source of its authority and credibility. While we can see that gays are becoming more important to the system, blacks hold a special position of power and privilege. This sponsorship gains it the support of blacks and progressive whites, and the fear and obedience of non-elite whites.
This sponsorship is so crucial to its credibility and authority- and thus its power- that it must be maintained under all circumstances, no matter how apparently ridiculous.
The support of the system by blacks and progressive whites will never change. The only prospect for change is to reduce the fear of it by non-elite whites.