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Come Together Right Now Over Me/

"We realized the reason this (temple shooting) happens is that we magnify the differences between people. We don't magnify the similarities.  So one of our main goals is to magnify those similarities and say, 'Hey, I'm not so different from you. So let's come together in a common cause." -- Pardeep Kaleka.

  Sikh Temple Attack United Victim's Son, Ex-Racist - ABC News


...the meaning behind the words attributed to Jesus (I and the Father are one and come to me all of you who are heavily laden and other seemingly self aggrandizing statements) were that all of us need to become aware of our common humanity.  That's why he made the "prodigal son" a wastrel and the "good neighbor" a foreigner.  We should come together because of our common humanity, and Jesus hoped to be a vehicle of that unification.

It shames me that i put so much distance between myself and other people when the son of a victim of a racist shooting and a long time racist can come together to work for the cause of peace among all people.  Surely my enemies are no mote different, no more unreachable, no less forgivable, no less lovable than theirs.

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amaebi
Aug. 6th, 2013 02:20 am (UTC)
One of the things I think about the realm of God that Jesus talks about is that it embodies coming close without minimizing our differences, with our differences important and vital, and working together with understanding that difference gives leverage. So I admire the Sikhs who were made scapegoats and targets of hatred, when they speak peaceably, any whichway. But I think that looking at difference with appreciation rather than looking for commonality may well be a more effective path.
bobby1933
Aug. 6th, 2013 04:01 am (UTC)
Of course, i agree. John Lennon and Paul McCarney's "Old Flattop" is practically indecipherable to me. except that i agree, in general, with what he says, and i also "got feet beneath my knee." which is a common human characteristic rarely mentioned in our disputes with one another.

(edit) I think that the "magnification of difference" is a brilliant description of what we are going through now. And we are not using those differences to any constructive end, and we are not celebrating or enjoying them, but only using them as an excuse to turn our conflicts into competition and violence.

Edited at 2013-08-06 04:09 am (UTC)
amaebi
Aug. 6th, 2013 11:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, even as I wrote, I thought what an idiot I am-- that human beings aren't likely to celebrate and enjoy difference, hierarchical, colonialist creatures that we are, so working to minimize perceptions of difference may be the only path we could effectively follow.

But you know, all the White "colour-blind" people I know have a de facto policy of Knowing That Everyone Is Just Like White People.

God, it's a depressing world. On the human side.
bobby1933
Aug. 6th, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
Knowing That Everyone is Just Like White People
Yes, but what are White People like? I often think that neurotypical people are like each other and different from myself and find them difficult in many of the same ways and for many of the same reasons.
I can't say that i enjoy these differences or celebrate them, but i am learning to use them to keep me grounded in their shared reality while being able, sometimes, to point out to them things they might not otherwise be able to see.
amaebi
Aug. 6th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
I knew I should have written that longer. :D

People from a dominant population (relative to where they are) tend to perceive the shared cultural characteristics of that population as neutral, colourless, transparent. For the US as a whole, that dominant population is White non-Latino EuroAmericans. So the "colour-blind" perspective, usually held by members of that dominant population, tends to see neutrality as "just like me, except for my Festive Serbo-Croatian Background and Fascinating Individual Quirks."

In other words, yeah, White people differ, as well as having commonalities and regional commonalities. I salute you, fellow White person.
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