There’s No Way Around It People: We’re All One

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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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About Vicki Matthews

Award-winning author, naturopath, and teacher who is passionate about establishing balance in our world.
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2 Responses to There’s No Way Around It People: We’re All One

  1. Tim Farage says:

    The Lord’s Prayer starts with the words, “Our Father”. So there you have it. We all all children of God, and equally loved by God. And we are commanded to love all others, even our enemies. How do we transform our culture so that we act like children of God?

    There lots of ideas about this, so here is one that relates to you blog. Men and boys are much more violent than women or girls. Part of it is testosterone, and other hormones, and part of it is environmental. One thing we can do is to channel the violent parts of boys and men into being protective. For instance, in Switzerland, most men are required to have military training, and they keep their military guns at home. But their gun violence rate is very low. Their culture is that guns are used to protect their country and their loved ones.

    So I think that if we required all boys (who are mentally and emotionally capable) to be trained in the proper use of firearms, this would allow them to express their masculine side, but in a positive way – that of proctection.

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Tim. I agree with you that protection is certainly better than violent aggression. I’m also hopeful that we can create cultures where violent aggression of any kind is viewed as inappropriate.

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