rich – poor
old – young
tall – short
educated – uneducated
white – black – Asian
American – African – European
We have this thing on the planet which is best described as separation between people.
The separation can become serious when one group decides another group is the reason for their problems. Sometimes one group even tries to eliminate the other group.
Once I picked up Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza and read a lot of it. During the genocide she lost her whole family but survived with a small group of women because they hid in a bathroom.
I want to write about one part here. All the women are in the bathroom and overhear a conversation between the man hiding them and his young son. The son tells the father that he thinks killing the Tutsis is justified because he heard they had killed Hutus in the past. The father answers that it’s wrong to kill anyone except for a very good reason.
I looked up the Rwanda Genocide and read the tensions between the two groups had been building up for some time. When it was going on in 1994 I didn’t know this. This me makes think of the French Revolution when the tensions were building up until the poor people revolted.
Genocide or deciding to eliminate the group blamed for problems of the day is as I see the worst thing that can happen when there is separation between two groups.
If people could only see the other group as souls they would never think of harming them.
Several years ago a family from San Francisco and another from Missouri were on a TV show called Wife Swap. On the show the wife from Mo. goes to stay with the family in San Franciso.
The husband in that family treats her pretty badly. He makes it obvious that he thinks he’s better than her. He is more educated and making a lot more money. He and his family seem in better shape overall than her family.
I’d recommend watching this to get a really clear example of someone separating themselves from someone else. Thinking you are better or worse than someone else is separating yourself from them.
TURKEY / GREECE
Someone I met from Turkey told me the Turks dislike Greeks and Jews.
IRAN / IRAQ
I know someone from Iraq who told me the people of Iraq don’t like Iranians. In fact he said they hate them.
After Saddam Hussein was caught I watched on TV a man talking of how he went to Saddam in jail and asked him why he had killed so many people.
Saddam said a few things in self-defense one of which was “They were Iranians.”
So he thought they were in the wrong and it was okay to kill them.
More examples: Japan / Most of Asia…UK / Ireland…Israel / Middle East
What I’m trying to say:
ALL OVER THE WORLD PEOPLE HATE OTHER GROUPS OF PEOPLE.
IF IT ISN’T A COUNTRY IT’S A GROUP SUCH AS JEWS, CATHOLICS, IRISH, ARABS, MUSLIMS, AMERICANS, MEXICANS, TEXANS, LGBT, POLITICIANS.
I wrote about Gary Renard in another post and an experience I had in ’06 while reading his first book.
While reading something about judging others, what he calls projecting guilt, I remember thinking – That’s it!! People blame someone they don’t like or a group. All over the world you see examples of this.
What if everyone could see everyone else as a soul and just like them instead of a Jew, Catholic, Muslim, Hindu or Iranian??