As I sit in my little house, all tucked up in my little love seat and read all the rhetoric that is flying around on all the social and ever-so-leaning-one-way media right now I cannot help thinking that the focus is just plain skewered. Everyone tosses around politically charged words that are sent out with the express purpose of inciting others. I, in my very small, humble opinion, think we have so digressed from the truth of human interchange that it just plain camouflaged under a pall of smoke and mirrors.
Case in point: The word “racist”. For that to be a truth, one would have to be against another species. Think of it this way; a person who just cannot abide dogs is truly a racist person. Down on dogs, cannot see any purpose for them, cannot be around them, promotes them to to be tied up in the back yard always. Definitely racists against another species. It is impossible for a person to be anti-human who is a human. Think on that for a moment. Let that idea soak through the political rhetoric that has bombarded your brain and your Facebook. If you are homo sapien sapien, then you are pro-human.
Lets continue on with this line of thought. Pro-human. What would that look like? A smile for others of your species, that is a great start. How about supporting, putting your energies and yes, money, towards an improving of the lot of those of your species who are in need. You value your fellow human being. You do not have to become bosom buddies with every one of them you run across in your daily living. But, yes, you need to value them as a part of your web of humanity.
All this incendiary talk is designed to separate us from each other. And so far it seems to be racing down the mountain at full speed. So how do we as a species stop its headlong roll? First, be honest with your self. If you just don’t care to be around someone ask yourself why. Is it something on the outside of them, say their manner of dressing, or is it the way they relate to you? Outsides can be altered, to some extent; dressing differently, maybe an acceptance on your part and theirs of the fact that not one person is the exact carbon copy of anyone else on this Big Blue Marble. (Yes, even identical twins have some differences.) Mostly it can be put down to this one clear statement “I just do not understand”.
Now, that is the basis of the beginning of some real dialogue. Dialogue mind you not tirades. Not understanding is so very much the opposite of you are wrong therefore are less-than me. Ask questions, receive answers. Then listen!
We do not listen to one another any more. If I have a Confederate Battle Flag somewhere around me, others label me as racists (there is that political word again), for slavery (for the life of me I do not how that conclusion can be drawn from a square of fabric that has been flying in the states that used to be the Confederate States of America; a country, mind you, of its own, even if only for a few short years), with a Less-Than connotation in its very existence.
[Just a quick aside here: if it is deemed OK for say a Mexican Illegal Alien to fly, flaunt, scream and in general stick the flag of the country they snuck across the border of these United States to get into, in my face, why cannot I have the flag of my choice??? Just wondered. ]
The problem isn’t a square of cloth, the problem is ‘you do not think the way I deem is proper’ . Really??? And you are???????
This country we are privileged to live in was founded on the premise that all are created equal. That has a caveat. That is this; where does that equality come from? Who decides it? What are the requirements to be an equal?
Our equality is not determined by the current political atmosphere. Nor is it from any thing that anyone can come up with to measure it. It is , as is said in the Constitution (hmm, remember that document?), we all have inalienable rights, given by the Creator, to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. two things of note there; given, not earned, by the Creator and the Pursuit of happiness—not the guarantee of happiness nor the handing out of happiness.
It seems to me the real problem we have today is two fold: No one really listens to the other person and there is a general thought that we are ‘owed’ happiness (usually by the government through some convoluted means).
I am just me, not better no worse than anyone else. You want me to relate to you, talk to me. Don’t shout at me, accuse me falsely, demand I give up what I have worked for, call me names, convince me I am Less-than for your personal gain, treat me wrongly for any reason. You believe Black Lives Matter, I don’t disagree with that, I believe every life matters. You want me to see you as you are, don’t hide behind timeworn excuses and let me see the real you. As it says in the Good Book—Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do To You.
Is it OK for me to call you racists because you shout at me that you deserve a handout for being of a different skin color? Is it OK for me to send activists to your neighborhoods shouting obscenities and smashing and burning? Is it OK for me to use skin color as a determination of value????? NO????? Then why do you believe you can??????????
Lets begin again here. Since we are all part of the same species, since we are all of the same human race, how about this…..Lets give off the nasty comments, the anger filled responses, the I-want-what-you-have reactions. I am of a firm belief that it is time for us all to stop taking what a political entity, no matter what that is, a person or an agency, or an agenda, as absolute truth. If we would all listen, truly listen, to each other these divisive ideas would fall by the way side and just disintegrate.
What matters is what is on the inside of the human being, not what the outside looks like. You want a better world, work towards that. You want every one to have the best possible chance to pursue their happiness, work toward that. Learn how superb it is to work hard at something and be able to stand back and see what you have done. Be parents to your children so they have the chance for it too. Do not allow anyone or anything to whisper to you they have a short cut to that, it is usually right into the ditch.
The very best way to relate to each other is with compassion, caring, openness, acceptance and above all real honest love. We can make a better world. It starts right at your feet. You don’t want your children to end up behind bars, be there and teach them right from wrong so they have a chance. You don’t like drug dealers and criminals roaming the streets of your neighborhood, point them out to law enforcement, it is their job to stop them. You don’t like that you and your children are stuck in grinding poverty, take advantage of all those programs and helps right at your finger tips. Make a difference, right now, today.
And please, always keep in mind this one truth; their is only one race—human. The definition of that is this: a human from say, South Carolina can find another human from say, Nairobi, have a child that can have their own child. One Race. We are in this together. Time to toss the evil, nasty, separationalist rhetoric for shinning, pure truth. (Remember, the Devil’s best weapon is keeping us from helping each other, keeping us separate).
The people of Charleston, South Carolina gave us a shinning example of how to begin. Let us all stand with them. Reject the lies and the separation words.
Lets truly be the One Race we are!!!