I was thinking about e.e. cummings all day today, and I really think the man had it right. There is no place in the natural universe for capitalization.
We are all the same. We are all equal.
Not just human beings or black or white or Polish or Irish or gay or straight or right or left or men or women. The universal "us" is everything in creation. We are all made out of the same stuff. We are all on the same plane.
All of us.
Modern science tells us that, because of the nature of The Big Bang, we are stardust, and we are the same as the trees and the sun. The same as the dirt and apples and cockroaches and meteors and stars and oceans. The same as horse shit and roses and mosquitoes and elephants and fish and grass and cotton and barley and wind. We are all the same stuff, nothing different at all.
That should give us a comfort, I would think, knowing that we are all the same.
The natural universe holds us all in the same esteem. We are all lower case, which is not to say that we are all mundane or unremarkable.
Just the opposite is true; we are all amazing and plain at the same time. Individual and joined. Flawed and perfect. Eternal and finite. Unique and staggeringly indistinguishable from each other.
In fact, there is no "other". There just is.
Capitalization is a human creation that artificially raises certain things above others. It is an arrogance, a hubris, a form of ranking in which the ones who created the system come out on the top of the food chain.
It is a divider that segregates the "haves" from the "have nots".
It is a judgement.
It is also untrue and unrealistic.
There are no capital "i's" in the real world.There is only us.
All of us.
The complete ALL of us.
And now, I'm going to bed.
My head hurts.