Alterity, also known as otherness is “the quality or state of being other or different”; in reality it usually comes down to this: a negative feeling about ‘the other’.
This imaginary line that differentiates us from others, and the effort to maintain it, is both time consuming and emotionally draining. Obviously not all “otherness” is wrong but surely the one that promotes hatred towards other human beings is. Man/woman, black/white, straight/gay, muslim/christian, local/foreigner. The majority of societies are, unfortunately, promoting binaries like these; and the list is by no means exhaustive.
Our only way out, the only way to conquer the blues is so astonishingly simple; life’s not black or white.