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Beyond race, creed, color, nationality and personal narratives there is a universal humanity. Where is this? How do you go there?

The Martin Luther King speech which introduced into the zeitgeist the vision of children from different backgrounds and ethnicities all walking together holding hands on their way to school. This is a mental construct that I can create. In holding this image something in me is able to clarify and remind me of my place, of the framing that mentally makes available the mind of non-judgement.

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    Aug 11 2011: Hi Johnny Cude...good question!
    I believe that universal humanity is in all of us, and the way to recognize it, is to peel off all the layers of hate and discontent we have built up as societies and as individuals.

    I learned a valuable lesson as a very young child with parents living in different polarities. My mother was unconditionally loving, non-judgemental, kind, respectful, open hearted and open minded to everyone and everything. She was a person who lived with integrity, humor and joy no matter what was happening in her world. My father was a racist, bigot, angry, violent, abusive person. He feared everyone who was different from him, or had different thoughts, feelings, ideas, or beliefs. As a child, I observed the impact these two people had on themselves and others around them, and I made a choice regarding how I wanted to "be" in this world.

    My life has been, and continues to be rich because I open my heart and mind to everyone, and recognize the similarities we share. The differences are a gift, in my perception, because I learn something I would not have learned in any other way. I would NEVER deny myself the opportunity to connect with people or ideas that may be different from what I already think I know.

    So, my perception is that universal humanity is not a place we need to "go". It is a place we can choose to "be" in ourselves in every given moment. It is a matter of making a choice, and deciding for ourselves how long we want to live with the fear that prevents the recognition of universal humanity:>)
    • Aug 14 2011: Colleen, I always like your comments. From your comments I get that you built a kind of choosing muscle in your brain as you contrasted or journeyed between your parents polar views. I can see by your smiling muscules on your cheek bones that you chose the high ground more often than not.
      If I said, what do you see in your minds eye when you mediate and see this Universal humanity. Do you see everyone standing beside each other. Some people of greater import standing on a high plateau, where are the less fortunate, or do you see everyone standing on level ground, or something totally different.
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        Aug 14 2011: Thank you Johnny...good perception...yes...I built a "choosing muscle" in my mind and heart:>) I have the same image as you Johnny, of children walking hand in hand. We are all grown up children, who have been taught various beliefs, and as informed adults, we have choices regarding how we use the information we were given as children. If children have not been taught to fear others because of differences, then they will probably all go to the playgroud and play, without prejudice.

        In my perception, we are all teachers and students in this earth school. We play out different roles, so at any given time, we may appear to be higher or lower in our societies, but ultimately, I see us all as one, striving to be all that we can be throughout this life adventure. Even when mediating with convicted felons, I could always find some ground on which we could stand together. There is ALWAYS something we can connect with. We all share the same emotions, and many of the same thoughts, feelings, ideas and opinions. That which is different, offers an opportunity to learn and grow in ourselves and with each other, so that is our commonality. When we reject others because of fear, we deny ourselves the opportunity to learn something different.
        • Aug 14 2011: You are an example of why I find myself in the TED community pages nearly every day. . . there is a power in being in conversation with people who believe what you believe. . . you are one of those people for me :)

          It is true we are all teachers and we are all students, every day in every interaction and experience. I just quoted Rachel Naomi Remen on my FB page from a PBS production called A New Medicine

          ‎"healing is about the will to live - its about collaborating with someone with something in someone that they may not even be aware is there, strengthening it- calling it forward" Rachel Naomi Remen

          in the process of healing we are healed. . . this is the oneness you speak of, to me.
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        Aug 15 2011: Thank you Autumn,
        That is what keeps me coming back to TED as well. I agree with you that there is power in the conversations we are having here on TED.

        Yes...that is the oneness I speak of...we are healing and the healers at the same time...students and teachers...we all have the opportunity to help support each other in our life journey...when/if we are open to the possibilities:>)

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