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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: Move to Vancouver, Canada.

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    I don't think the question is "How do we go there?"

    I think the question is, "How do we not leave there?"
    • Aug 14 2011: Thomas, thanks for commenting. So you think we are already there in this 'natural place' and somehow get lost from this Universal humanity. What is the image that holds for you a representation of this natural place.
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        Aug 14 2011: Hi Johnny,

        Well, I don't think there is a place so much as an ability to accept things "as they are."

        When we live in isolation from one another a natural outcome of this is prejudice. We feel a natural affinity for people who are like us and we feel some trepidation for people who are different.

        This tendency manifests quite early in life.

        My niece, who is just under two years of age, cries whenever she sees me. I am Caucasian. She is Asian. I do not look like her mom and dad - or anyone else she has ever met. (I live in China.)

        However, given a little time, she will get used to me and the way I look.

        So while we do have an early predisposition to react to people who look differently than we do, with exposure to others, we quickly overcome it and it then takes effort to maintain our fear of those who are not like us.

        I mention Vancouver because, if you go to the schools there, there are people from everywhere, white, yellow, brown, black, red, and every conceivable blend. The kids are worried about if they are wearing the right clothes not if their skin is the right colour.

        To quote from Rogers and Hammerstein's South Pacific:

        You've got to be taught
        To hate and fear,
        You've got to be taught
        From year to year,
        It's got to be drummed
        In your dear little ear
        You've got to be carefully taught.

        You've got to be taught to be afraid
        Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
        And people whose skin is a diff'rent shade,
        You've got to be carefully taught.

        You've got to be taught before it's too late,
        Before you are six or seven or eight,
        To hate all the people your relatives hate,
        You've got to be carefully taught!

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