Letter: Clearing away debris of prejudice
To the editor of THE EAGLE:
We are in the middle of a global revolution. Who knew? It is overdue. We can view it as a revelation or we can fear it, but it is happening.
As our world populations still cling to hard-edged biases etched into hearts and minds generation after generation, we eventually become toxic people full of toxic waste. If ever there was a time to clear away the rusty debris of prejudice it is now. Luckily many thousands are beginning to open closed minds and hearts and dare to allow in some light and insight. Our survival probably depends on it.
Our bodies speak to us constantly about what we are doing to them. We could start caring for our bodies as we would care for a beloved child crying out in pain. A cancer specialist in Florida once said we shouldn't put into our mouths and stomachs what we wouldn't feed the plants in the garden. I quickly got a mental image of poured glasses of gin and tequila shriveling up a tomato plant and rose. We still ignore the earth despite ground rumblings and red flags. We still don't want to get honest about the onslaught of violence on TV that numbs our children and is played out around them.
What future devastation or catastrophe has to sneak up on us before we really listen? How thoroughly do we resist change? Probably only until we are personally threatened within an inch of our lives.
If we lived elsewhere in the world, we might have been agape witnessing the U.S. actually capable of voting in an African-American twice in a fair election? And would any of us have believed a pope would suddenly surface who is the first to live and sound a little like the avatar/savior his people worship? Revolution indeed.
Outdated tyrannies are being challenged all over the world, even those within families, corporations and households. Despite the smoke and mirrors of our times we might actually be on the brink of an enlightened era.
Compassion helps erase prejudice. Most biases are based on fear and lack of knowledge coupled with a deep sense of personal inadequacy. When we get to know a person of another race, religion, nationality, lifestyle, or political party, it is easy to respect and cherish that person's special uniqueness.
But there's a catch. Before we can clear away our prejudices, we have to first respect and cherish ourselves.
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