Sing A Song Of Science : You, Me And Us

The song "You, me and us" popped into my head today.  When a song pops into my head like that it most commonly triggers a train of scientific thoughts rather than associated memories.

The song "You, me and us", to the tune of Cielito Lindo (Ay, ay, ay ay.) was recorded in 1956 by Alma Cogan.  You can listen to it here.

The first line goes: "You, me and us, we are my favorite people."  It just occurred to me that from a perspective of human psychology, that might well be a universal truth.  Most certainly we form groups which have insiders and outsiders.  As members of groups we grant favors to us that we would never consider granting to them.  On the other hand, we will gladly treat them in ways that we wouldn't dream of treating us.

We know all of the facts. We have our training, knowledge and expertise.  We can make rational decisions.  They know diddly-squat.  They are incapable of rational thought.

Perhaps if language was constrained to you, me and us, with no such words as they and them, we humans might get along together more amicably.