I am white, I am a woman. And I have questions.
First my statement of belief: I stand for the rights of all people. People of color, people with disabilities, people with sexual orientation different from mine, people rich in things of the world, people poor in things of the world, people with high intelligence, people with low intelligence, people who are wise, people who are foolish, people who are peace loving and people who are fearful. There are two distinct features that unite and divide us: humanity and culture. There is no denying either. A group of people threatened typically unifies. If our country was attacked by another country or by aliens, we would find common ground quickly and cultural differences would not be an important factor, safety would.
Culture is an interesting concept. It molds and conditions our thoughts and actions. Most times we accept what we know and is what is familiar (family, religious teachings). It is comfortable to stay in this perimeter. If we have a hard time accepting others different: physically, morally, religiously, then could we stretch our imagination and wonder? How could wonder change things? What would it be like to be born in a different environment? Could we expand our thoughts to be more inclusive? How would we feel if a child we loved dearly couldn’t walk, talk or was deformed? How would that change our life? What if we were the one being judged, instead of the one looking and wondering what went wrong? What if we were born with the genitals of one sex, but the mind of another gender? How would that feel? Would we question our idenity? Would we be fearful, would we be loved and accepted? How would that change our life and our life’s expression?
People of the world, people of America – we need to embrace the diversity that exists among us and not be fearful. We are not minions, we are all individuals. Even if we can’t love one another, let us at least accept that differences exist. I encourage each of us to seek and to know our true self. The self existing beyond culture, personality, and even beyond humanity. Find the true self living beyond judgement. The true self that is pure and not conditioned. It is from this place true and lasting peace exists for us as individuals and as a people.