an advantage which can be breached with 1 or 2 levels, also for the record, regardless of starting stats at 40 it costs 2 points for 1 stat. In the short scheme, you might be able to do 2-3 more damage than someone else for 2-3 levels. In the long scheme, nothing.
This. Some people claim race matters due to the difference in starting stats.
Those same people don't understand the system. It's not like the difference becomes "negligible" at Level 10.
The difference becomes "absent" for all practical purposes.
A race with high starting stats will hit the 40-point-threshold sooner; and each following threshold as well.
Unless you intend to put literally ALL your points into one stat - forget about that pretty fast due to how the game works - there will be no difference (not even the cosmetic one I'd like to see) between races in any profession later on.
Bring on the Taru Paladins and the Galka Black Mages.