Thursday, January 22, 2009

Are We Really THAT Different?

A while back my dear friend Kimala had posted this youTube link. I watched it and then a few days later I saw it on television myself. I tucked this link away for safe keeping wanting to give my own two cents. However, I got caught up in way too many other things that should not take precedence over living together in peace. Yes, I am still on a rampage about peace. I will continue on this mind-set until people really start getting a clue.

So, we may live in different parts of the world. Perhaps our skin is of different tones and our accents are a bit different' if we speak the same language at all. Deep down inside we are all living, breathing beings who deserve to be treated with the utmost respect. If we focused more on the things we have in common and less on the differences we could all at the very least get along better then we do now.

The question we need to ask ourselves is if harmony is something we truly want. From wee babes we are are taught to hate. We learn how to despise the same people our forefathers despised. Children watch as their parents curse and verbally abuse those who are different from them. They learn by watching and through careful observation. I sat by and listened to all the derogatory comments made by my parents and grandparents against black people. I cringed when these things would be said in secret and then in public they would be denied. What kind of a message are we sending to our young?

Every day we walk around with blinders on only seeing the things we want to see about other people. This person looks like me and has the same political views as I have, therefore they must be a good person. This person has a different skin tone and speaks a language I don't know and he wears something strange on his head; therefore he must be a bad person. Perhaps your thought process may not be as black and white as that, but does it not hold that we do this subconsciously? If we did have such a black and white view of things we might better be able to differentiate between what is to be kept and what is to be tossed aside as we seek out those we would spend time with.

Look at each other as human beings ~ skin, bones and blood. Forget about the political, religious and ethnic differences. Stop being so pig-headed and narrow-minded. If a dog and an elephant can be best friends, why can't a Democrat and a Republican; a Christian and a Jew, a Protestant and a Muslim? Take the blinders off your eyes and put them back on the horses and jackasses where they belong. Open your mind to see how much you have to learn from others around the world as well as in your own back yard. Take a lesson from Bella and Tara, two creatures who the world would think should never know each other let alone become best friends. If they can do it, I have a glimmer of hope for the human race.

1 comment:

kimala said...

I love this video Parker and think it speaks volumes. I can't agree with you more. The world is flat. We learn that or are reminded of that every day in Second Life. The time and space between us shortened as we are brought together on a grid that doesn't discriminate against global location. My hope too is that in this coming year we will see those blinders come off. It just isn't worth it to accomplish life with them on.

Thank you for all your gentle spirit and wisdom you bring to our lives ;) Happy Monday!