Isn’t it amazing that only a few hundred years ago, a group of people decided to come up with a guide on how to keep another group of people down. Ultimately affecting generations of families-past, future, and present. What’s even more interesting is, it didn’t stop with one group, it transcended to the likes of race, ethnic backgrounds, sexual preference, religion, ageism, sexism, etc… creating a plague like infection of minds, spreading a world wide disease that hurts us more than it helps. This should be the real war on terror. I don’t know what it stemmed from, power, money, or social status but it really hurts to see the way we treat each other. Especially since we are all human- have we completely given up on each other…Aren’t we still healing, or do we even care anymore?
Watching Jane Elliot, diversity trainer, and internationally known lecturer for the Blue Eye/Brown Eye exercise (Check out her website http://www.janeelliott.com/), and Mental Health Association Award recipient, for excellence in education, has taught me more than I would like to admit. In the training video it connected me to my experiences, it made me reflect, not just what happens to me, but how I treat others as well. It made me cling to the notion that we all have to be the change that we want to see. Being that we are all different, brought up under different experiences and obstacles, it would be safe to say we all have various visions of what types of change should be- or what we could do to make the universe a place worth living in, and for that fact- I say simply treat people how you would like to be treated.
Someone once told me “Jamarow, you need to voice your opinion and stand for something, or you will fall for everything”.( I admit at my young age I decided to stand up for all the wrong things-perhaps I still do) I was just a young buck then. I am very impressionable because I like to listen to just about everyone, I love the climactic points in conversation when you see passion boiling over its like having your cake with the cherry on top. I feel like its seeing the true person the one behind all shields and barriers and I indulge. I partake in those who impart themselves, baring fruits of understanding and logic, I think its amazing when you run into people that are passionate about their craft, themselves, their feelings towards something. That’s what they stand for. And ultimately you decide what you eat and digest. No one has the power over you but you, but we must hold ourselves accountable for whichever we decide.
It is very hard to realize something so simple we make everything difficult because of the complexities it brings. I am the person that yells be clear in a room full of chatter, but commit the offense of not explaining clearly to everyone what it is that I really mean. This is just one layer.
I know, I know, all this from watching these 3 segments. Thanks for listening to the rant lets stop focusing on the little things and focus on taking care of each other.