The world is in a sad state. A state of confusion, hatred, racism and BLAME. While it’s easy to point fingers at others, and blame those around us for the state of our society, rarely do we ever point the finger back at ourselves. WE ARE SOCIETY, the result of what we are living is a product of our own creation.
While I have no tolerance for any form of racism, and the deliberate act of alienating a group of people, I cannot stand the fact that every culture finds it much more convenient to blame others for its problems and cry “racism” instead of addressing the real debilitating issues within its community. If everyone just cleaned their own backyard and took accountability for the failures within its own community, from cultural and religious ideologies to behaviour, we would be on a path of evolution instead of living in a state of denial and pointing the finger at someone else.
It’s somehow racist to call out the problems within a particular community, instead of it being a stepping stone for improvement. When will we own up to the fact that stereotypes are the byproduct of truth? While not everyone fits a specific “stereotype” they are perpetuated by actions. As the saying goes, “actions speak louder than words,” so if we want to eliminate racism and hatred within our communities, we need to start taking responsibility and face the cold hard truth that our own ethnic beliefs and ideologies are part of the problem. Until we educate ourselves and those around us to stop blaming others and start changing our own behaviours, will we ever progress as a human race.
Whether you are white, black, brown, yellow or purple, we all have faults and it’s time we reform our way of thinking about others and most importantly ourselves.
I leave you with this quote:
…blind imitation of the past will stunt the mind. But once every soul inquireth into truth, society will be freed from the darkness of continually repeating the past. – Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 248.
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