Little Bear

We Are All One

Month: February, 2014

ties that bind

Humanity is blood

Culture is water

Blood is thicker than water

 

Little bear x

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crazy

My friend, my lover, my enemy, my foe…

What does it matter?

We’re on the same ship

It is sinking

Heave ho!

 

Little bear x

 

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six degrees of separation

In Korea recently Kim Jong Un had his uncle summarily tried and executed. He had his uncle physically dragged out of a meeting, frog marched out of the building and subjected to a summary – one sided and without allowance for fair and proper due process – trial. Following which he was pronounced guilty and executed.

Shot.

Literally shot.

We say politics, communism, shudder a little, and then go back to our lives and say “thank goodness we don’t live in a communist state”. Right?

But that denies the crux of the issue. Being that the truth and heart of the situation is power, psychology and emotions. Ordinary human emotions. Acting out a play in a certain context. In this instance a devastating context. But the sophisticated person will see and focus on the behavior, and not be distracted by the extreme context. And not say, that is so remote to me, I am aghast, but it is independent of my world. But rather will see the arbitrary conduct, the lack of fairness, the lack of justice. And will know and understand that behavior such as this can play out in our everyday lives, in western society, in any society. It plays out in our friendships, in our social lives and in our workplaces. Where one person’s or group of peoples personal urge to dominate, control, exclude, demean, judge and / or summarily “execute” can cultivate a social army of apathy, or at its worst hate, or exclusion or other manifestation of harmful or hurtful consequence.

These are not social questions or political questions. They sit outside the arbitrary and artificial constructs of society and politics, and reside as very real human questions. How are we functioning as human beings? And how can we do better?

Only when we can draw the link between grandiose manifestations of hatred and fear (think Hitler, Kim Jong Un, Idi Amin, Stalin etc) and everyday events of it, will human beings evolve. Only when humans can literally “see” this truth, will humans have developed the level of sophistication and awareness that is needed and required to advance. Granted, where to, I am not entirely sure (yet), but I would like to think it would be a world where kindness, fairness and comity is a practice, not an aspiration. This requires sophistication.

If anything, it is a sobering reminder that if one would be an advocate of human rights, if you or I would sign petitions and go on marches and “hold yourself out” as a humanitarian, then you must practice what you preach. In your everyday life. With your friends. With your colleagues. With your acquaintances. It’s a big call. It’s a big demand. But if you believe yourself to be great, then you have to resist the fearful crowd. Resist the pull. And sometimes that might mean standing up for something or someone that you believe in, or it might mean standing against a discernible wrong. Because let’s face it, pretty much everyone is worth believing in (and when I say pretty much, I mean everyone) and being given a fair go. We are all someone’s mother, daughter, sister, husband, wife, friend, lover…

And we are all one.