What is the superior race? Is there a superior race? Perhaps both the words “superior” and “race” need clarification.
It is apparently an archetype in the human mind that there should be hierarchy. No matter what the subject, or object, there is contest. Whenever presented with multiplicity, if only two items, the inevitable tendency of consciousness is to distinguish one as better than the other. One is more valuable than the other. Similarity invites discretion. Association is a challenge. This is the phenomenology of consciousness at the most basic level. Ferdinand de Saussure, the Swiss linguist, obvserved this chronic craving of discretion even in the process of recognizing the letters of the alphabit. A thing (or letter) is what it is very much by virtue of what it is not. For example, a “j” is an “i” without the tail, or vice versa.
So what is the superior race? What is the sector of humanity which is superior to all others? The question is natural. And, why is it superior? Is there a general trend, or must we break it down into parts, and compare relative superiority in segmented aspects of human prowess?
Interestingly, the ancient gods addressed only those who worshipped them. The ancient gods were ethno-centric. Marduk created the Babylonians, not mankind. Ptah created the Egyptians (at least those at Memphis), not humanity. There may be some implied superiority derived from god-ism in a society. Certainly there is competition with other groups. Gods were mascots, in effect.
Curiously, the ancient Hebrew scriptures present a God who not only claims to have created all the different races and ethnic groups in the world, but also claims to be responsible for the management of them all. He claims to have created the one group which He deigned preeminent–the Jews. Of course, unique and preeminent do not necessarily mean superior. Different does not mean better, necessarily. He promised to make the Jews different, for sure.
But, does that mean the Jews are superior?
Curiously again, this is not exactly the depiction in scripture. The Jews were certainly never superior in numbers. They do not appear to have been superior in character, either. (Their name has “stunk” since the sons of Jacob committed genocide on the clan of Hamor (Gen. 43:30.) They were created, from scratch, so to speak. Therefore they cannot be regarded as worthy of selection out of competing groups. They were created, from nothing, in the very presence of pre-existing groups. They were created, more than ‘chosen,’ for the task of carrying the Ark of the Most High in this world. Their history is attributed to the mercy of their God, and not to their numbers, character, or talents. That’s the picture in the Bible, anyway.
But, it is hard to separate a people’s history from their talents. Beauty of appearance–which is the first aspect we encounter, size, numbers, strength, technology, etc., are all elements which, in one way or another, affect a people’s experience and history in this world. The Jews have been around as a distinct culture longer than any other groups. This must be attributed to something. But what?
How could such a question be answered except as we attribute their historical continuity either to their phenomenological traits or to the supernatural, that is, their God? It has either to do with their nature, or their God. Perhaps it is a combination of both.
If so, that would mean it is their God, exclusively, who has made them what they are. All ethnicities have moral ambiguity, extremes of success and failure, and suffering. We all qualify on that basis. If God is the difference, then we have to look on with curiosity if not frustration as to why the Jews would be selected for any special assignment above any of the rest of us. Why them? They’re certainly not better than anyone else. They might be worse. Scripture is intensely ambiguous about this.
The Judeo-Christian religion, for some reason, spread west. It was more successful in the westward outreach than the eastern. To the west lay the white race–the Caucasian peoples. These were the relatives of the Semites (descendents of Shem), according to Genesis 10:21-31.
Marduk and his pet dragon.
As a race, the Caucasians have dabbled with Hebrew socio-psychological values and standards longer than any other sector of the human race–three thousand years or more, if we count Hebrew history as the line of descent. The religious connection might not be demonstrable in the laboratory, but, it does so happen that the white race wields the superior power in technology, science, the arts, government, etc. The white race, as well as particular Semitic ancestor–the Jews, has also experience life as a relative minority. The white races has always been the smaller of the three races, Mogoloid, Negroid, and Caucasoid. These are the phenomenological facts of history.
So, what is supremacy about? If not moral character, then social values. If not physical numbers, then technology. This is what the naked eye sees in the world; but both technology and social order reflect the values of the gods, one way or another. The Most High, the Hebrew Creator, claims to have power over spiritual and the physical. He claims to have created the nations, and to be the present manager of them all. The role of the Jews was one of communication, ambassadorship, or divine messaging. I’m not sure it took a superior people to do that. Humanity is humanity. There may not be a superior people, but there are hierarchies of responsibility. That one was designed to demonstrate superior values before all others is a superior rôle, indeed, and it may have required extraordinary strength to sustain; but, any distinction in this regard was developed, over a long period of time. And that time is filled with exemples of colossal failure. In the end, if there is any superiority in the Jews, or in the white race, it has to do with the religious values held, and not the natural character of the people.
It would appear that national, ethnic, or racial status does have directly to do with the values of those entities. This modern notion of natural “equality” is amiss and awry. All people may be equally loved by the Creator, but, not all people are equally interested in Him or His ways. Therein lies the differentiation. Those who seek the true God most sincerely are the superior people–and superior for that reason alone. Superiority comes from God, not from man’s behavior.
If the Jews invented God, they sure gave them selves a strange sock in the eye in the process. The scriptures are hardly complimentary toward Jewish people. Yet, they are honored above all. It is the archetype of duality and hierarchy, both.