Monday, January 10, 2011
Us and Them ...
Separation is a form of ignorance; when we see others as our enemies, or see the world in terms of "us and them", we are participating in the perpetuation of violence. As in feuding, the only way to end fighting and killing is to stop. Revenge is separation, and acceptance is unity. This is not an easy solution, though it may seem to be simplistic and idealistic.
In fact, those who have stood for peace and unity are routinely slaughtered: Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, these people threatened the status quo when they advocated peaceful solutions to conflicts. They were killed for their efforts.
The current political atmosphere is one of a deepening divide between what we term "left" and "right" in the United States, and elsewhere. Neither is altogether good or bad in my opinion, and we have to take a step back and look at ourselves first, to make sure we are not demonizing anyone.