Whenever something as gruesome as the June 17th Charleston church shootings occurs, I can’t help but wonder how a heinous event like that can still happen in our country. Haven’t we all grown past this level of hate? Haven’t we all realized we are one people? The sad answer remains: Apparently not.
The next question I ask is why we haven’t fully embraced the reality that we are all the same, and I believe that part of the reason is because most of us are very steeped in the masculine values of our patriarchal cultures. These values include a focus on individuality, violence as a solution to problems, and fear of the “other.” Dylann Roof’s actions earlier this month clearly illustrate his alignment with patriarchal values. His actions also indicated that he either dismissed or ignored the more feminine values that would have made his actions unconscionable. Values like equality, fairness, compassion, connection, and love of others.
For those who care to embrace truth, there’s no way around the fact that we are all the same; there is no “other.” As Bill Nye (“the science guy”) so eloquently stated:
“Researchers have proven scientifically that humans are all one people. The color of our ancestors’ skin and ultimately my skin and your skin is a consequence of ultra-violet light, latitude, and climate. There is no such thing as race. We are one species. Each one of us is more alike than we are different. We all came from Africa.”
As a people, I believe we need to make it a top priority to reclaim balance in our world; to embrace those yin qualities that will bind us more closely together in compassion, caring, and love. Separating ourselves from each other, whether via race, religion, nationality, economic status, or educational level only serves to foster the fear and elitism necessary to keep a patriarchy in place. Before we kill each other, let’s step up and embrace the reality that we are all the same. Let’s teach that to our children, and our parents. Let’s demonstrate that reality every chance we get. Let’s make it impossible for there to be any more events like what happened on June 17 in South Carolina.
We need to change, and change now. Let’s hope we still have time.
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