It seems that in the past year, the US Presidential election has opened some deep wounds found in the American populace. With the aid of social media, the expansion of various forms of news media, "fake" and otherwise, the experiences of people around the world are abundant with inequality and inequity.
Black people are saying, "Black Lives Matter" whilst the gay, and transgender communities still cry out for equality. Jews and Muslims are being discriminated against, as are Women, and yet the only thing that occurs to me is that these groups are only willing to support their own groups, and not support other inequalities.
That makes absolutely NO sense, whatsoever.
If you want equality for your tribe, then you want it for others too. Standing up for your tribe exclusively doesn't make the world a better place, it makes your own life a better place. And the only person who cares about your life is you. But if you are truly committed to the equality of all people, take a stand for that, and then watch others start to care about yours. When you start to empathize with others, acknowledging their struggles and plight as similiar to your own, you connect through each and every story of inequality. Bigotry has the same pattern, differing in the various stories and endings.
The establishment who holds power over all of us wants us to be fighting as individuals, for our own identity, tribe, race, religion, sexual preference, gender ect. This still divides us as humans, which is what they want. They don't want a united force of equality for all, regardless of classification. They want to keep humans divided because they know we are less connected and powerful that way.
I am a white, straight, male. I have certain privileges that are not afforded to others because of the way I was born. I didn't choose my skin colour, my gender or my sexual orientation. I think the greatest gift I can do for humanity is to use my privileges in a way which raises awareness that not everyone has them, instead of guarding them so nobody else can have them.
But I think part of the larger problem is that human beings have bought into their identity. Meaning, the identify with their race, religion and body. I think if people saw that they weren't a body with a soul, but a soul with a body, their perceptions would be remarkably different. Perhaps then, they wouldn't be so defensive of their body, race, or religion because they would know its simply the avatar and vehicle being used by the soul which inhabits the body the exist in. Just like you aren't the car you drive, you aren't the body you exist in. Insult my body all you want, because I know I am not the body I live in. It's simply my clown suit so my soul can experience what it's like to be human. After all, we are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spirit beings, having a human experience.
If equity and equality for all makes sense for cause, then it makes sense for ALL causes. So start standing for all equality, and not simply your own.
As always I welcome your thoughts...