So what color are you?
The Scale Of Justice is blind to the differences in people, that is why she is blind-folded.
What nationality are you? Are you a man? Are you a woman? Are you Catholic? Are you Jewish? Are you Muslim? Are you Buddhist? Are you Hindu? Are you a Shaman? Are you agnostic? Are you pagan? Are you Wicca neopagan? Are you gay? Are you straight? Are you Irish? Are you French? Are you German? Are you Japanese? Are you African? Are you Arab? Are you Israeli? Are you Russian? Are you Saudi Arabian? Are you Chinese? Are you Canadian? Are you Afghani? Are you Greek? Are you Iranian? Are you Turkish? Are you Iraqi? Are you North American? Are you Central American? Are you South American? Are you Australian? Are you Hawaiian? Are you Icelandic? Are you Native Indian? Are you English? Are you Scottish? Are you Mongolian? Are you Tibetan? Are you Korean? Are you Indian? Are you Baltic? Are you Filipino? Are you Middle Eastern? Are you Greenlandic? Are you Swedish? Are you Finish? Are you Thai? Are you Dutch? Are you Malaysian? Are you a New Zealander? Are you Indonesian? Are you North Poleic? Are you South Poleic?
Is your hair brown, black, yellow, red, grey, white, or highlighted?
Are your eyes blue, brown, one of each, black or hazel?
What is your height, weight, blood type, bone density?
Are you a Democrat, Republican, Independent, Tea Party, minor party, major party, liberal party, conservative party, right-wing, left-wing, or center full back?
Please put a check in the correct box.
Do you get it?
Want to hear some jokes? NO-O-O, just kidding.
As long as we continue to categorize people, put ourselves in boxes, and count ourselves up as if we can even out the scales of justice, we keep up the illusion of fairness going.
I realize we do not live in a world, yet, where we can get the right person for the job, regulate fairness in our schools, enjoy our own faith at an ecumenical church, live in any neighborhood, and work toward the betterment of humanity without pigeonholing people. But I ask, wouldn’t it be great to let people be people, listen to each other with all of our differences, with empathy and understanding, and come to resolutions without fighting, killing, maiming, taking sides, and needing at all cost to win?
Wouldn’t it be perfect to hire the best person for the job, or college enrollment, not the best white male, or the best black woman, or the best Irish person, or the best French person, or the best Chinese person?
Life is not a competition. Looking at the creation of the planet, it is not necessary for the survival of the planet itself or the people living on it in general, to compete against each other, or blow each other up. Beyond this planet, it is not necessary to “own” outer space , or space exploration advancements. We have a lot of fun with competition, especially if you are a Red Sox or Yankees fan, or any other great sporting rival game. But the winners in sports competitions to not kill the opponent.
Wouldn’t it be great to simply live our lives, get along, find conflict resolutions that can work, without digging our heels in so deep, so immovable, that progress for the betterment of humanity suffers? We can and need to evolve, raise our goals to more than winning, survival, and remaining much like two-year old, archaic cave people. Politics, religions, ethnic and international diversity, do not need murder, death, kill to advance our world. We all have one world to live on. We need to think past our noses for this minute alone. A perfect society of Love and peace are the earmarks for God’s Kingdom yet to come to earth.
There are times when it offends me to have to check off, female, caucasian, age, whatever, so that fairness can be played out. I would like to believe that fairness would win out anyway, like common sense. However, I know that the way the system is presently, by not checking off the right boxes, injustice most likely will play out due to prejudices still being lived out in today’s seemingly modern societies. Prejudices world-wide have not been extinguished. This is one of the most detrimental forces existing in the world at large. We do not just live in this country, or one section of this country. We are also inhabitants of the world, created by the very same God for every human being who has ever lived, or ever will live..
Living in a world where we finally move past prejudice in word and in deed is not impossible, no matter how impossible it may appear.
The key to moving ahead is to move out of FEAR, and putting our faith, hope, and trust in the One, True God and his Kingdom to come.
Why is it we fear other people or groups of people who do not think the way we do, believe the way we do. Obviously we cannot do this on a grand scale worldwide immediately. With how we have lived so far on this planet, it seems the rule of thumb has been, if we don’t understand someone, we should kill them. The Catholic Crusades did it. The Hebrew people did it to the Canaanites. It seems every country is born by the life and death winner, at tremendous human cost. This is how we have since the beginning of time. We have made so many advancements in so many areas of this life, from medical advancements to outstanding scientific technologies. It is not beyond us to find a way for all human beings to work and grow together.
The starting place, if this sounds like a direction you would like to move in, is within our own hearts and minds, loving ourselves beyond measure, and praying to draw closer to our Heavenly Creator. Once we get back in touch with the Creator who made us, we can branch out to those we live with, our friends and families. We need to move out of fear of other people’s opinions, come from a place of love, mend relationships, practice forgiveness, real forgiveness. Fear immobilizes. A courageous person may sense the fear, but walks through the fear to the bright beginning on the other side.
Looking at the words of the Lord’s Prayer, the Our Father, how can we expect to be forgiven and align ourselves with Divine Love and Light, gifts of the One, True God of every human being on the planet, when we are inconsistent about holding on to grudges and prejudices and our insatiable need to be right. Let us melt our hearts, and soften the sharp edges of our opinions, so that we can move forward on our spiritual journey.
Love, joy, peace, patience,kindness, goodness, endurance, mildness, faith, modesty, restraint and chastity are known as the 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit. They are freely given gifts when we walk hand in hand with our loving, forgiving God each day in our lives. We need to bloom where we are planted. We may not be the rulers of the countries in the world deciding to have another way other than war, death and violence. We may not be on the board of directors for college applications, nor the boss who is hiring the next employee. But if we start, right where we are, spreading understanding and empathy in whatever way we feel called to do so, then we will be joining others who are elevating their surroundings, and getting back to putting God back in the center of our lives.
We need more education on a global level, education about the One, True God of you and me and everything else. Trying to tackle our problems within ourselves, in our homes, in our societies, and globally, has never worked, and will continue to never work. God is the only answer. It starts like the tiniest seed, like the mustard seed, with you and with me.
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