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The Color Of Racism Is Fear……

The color of racism is fear.   What better description could ever be offered as a definition for that word racism.  The embodiment of this word has caused more problems in this, our world than any other word ever has or ever will for that matter.  Racism is at the base of all divisiveness and hatred.  It was racism that gave rise to the Holocaust and it was racism that brought forth Apartheid in South Africa.  Racism was at the core in the Bosnian war where genocide was the ultimate goal.  The faces that racism chooses to wear are many, some of which are blatant and others which are not so easily seen with the latter being done by design.  This evil has been with us since time eternal. It can be called racism or it can be referred to as bigotry or prejudice as well.  Racism is the reason that there was ever such a thing as slavery.  The very idea of buying and selling human beings is abhorrent to me.  Each human being carries within it a soul, a radiant spark of the Divine.  No one has the right to buy or sell Divinity.  Is this not the truth?

And I will say that if I chose to do so, I could give to you immeasurable examples and instances of how as well as where and when racism has been permitted to control so much of our world.  I speak of ages past and of our world today.  And that, my friends is most unfortunate.  You see, in today’s world we are supposedly so much more enlightened and vastly more intelligent than those of bygone eras.  So why is it that racism is still so much a strong force that runs rampant across this Earth of ours?  Why do people hate or even dislike another person because of the color of their skin or because their belief system differs from our own?  People, human beings which are born of our Creator are still being terrorized, being victimized and ostracised and even killed simply because of their race, religion or gender preference?  “The evil that men do…”.  We have all heard these words before.  I will tell you that if we were able to trace back each evil deed ever committed, I would wager that it was somehow brought about by some form of racism.  So, I would repeat my query here……If we are so much more intelligent and enlightened, why in God’s name is there such an abundance of prejudice, racism or whatever else you wish to call it in our world??

Well, perhaps the first item I would call to your attention is that there is a huge difference between intellect and wisdom.  So many of folks today have MBA’s, PhD’s and a number of other college degrees behind their name and I applaud them for their tenaciousness in obtaining such an education.  I am not against education and schooling.  It is a part of a strong societal backbone, if you will.  But intellect is not wisdom and it is wisdom we lack, my friends.  Wisdom is knowledge tempered with discernment and cloaked in compassion.  We must allow wisdom back into our hearts and then into our minds.  Therein lies the difference and I believe I am just now able to see this truth.  Wisdom begins in the heart and wisdom once received then involves the mind.  Intellect has always been and always will be relegated to the mind.  So let us first gain wisdom.  This is to be our armour when in combat with the enemy called racism.  Agreed, yes?  We have an accord then.  Good.

Now to truly bring about change, to truly hit racism where it lives, we need to be able to do what?  In any battle (And make no mistake about this.  This is a battle) we must be able to recognize the enemy for we cannot possibly win the war if we are unable to discern who the enemy is.  Which brings me to our original point.  The color of racism is fear.  All racism, all prejudice and bigotry are deeply rooted in a particular soil called fear.  So perhaps we have been attacking this problem of racism the wrong way?  We, often with considerable effort, attempt to uproot the weeds of racism from the garden which is our world.  And many times we do meet with some measure of success.  But still we wonder and are puzzled why these same weeds return again and again to plague our world.  I believe the problem to be not so much the actual weeds of racism as it is the very soil, the soil of fear that feeds and allows those same weeds to return and they often return with more strength than those that came before them.  Does this make sense at all?  If so, then what is truly the answer to this question, this problem we have called racism? 

The answer, as most answers usually are, is simple but it is hard.  It is the soil, the soil of fear that must be addressed here.  This soil of fear is rancid.  It is poison, to be quite honest.  The soil of fear is soil that has not been tended to properly for a very long period of time.  In large part, the soil I speak of is representative of the Heart of our World.  In order to bring the soil back to its original goodness, we must once again give heed to what is allowed into this soil, yes?  And for any garden to grow abundantly and in goodness, the soil therein must be tilled, turned over and aerated so as to permit Life to enter in anew and afresh.  And how do we accomplish this task, you might ask?  We accomplish this through by using the wisdom we discussed a bit earlier.  The formula for racism is not difficult to understand if we think for a moment about it.  The formula is simply this  –  Ignorance of any given situation by any individual brings forth fear.  And fear gives birth to the problem at hand which in this case happens to be racism.  So, if we can bring wisdom and enlightenment into the places where ignorance resides, we can effectively cast out the fear which is indeed the basis of racism.  People are afraid of what they do not understand, whether it be consciously or subconsciously and what we fear we perceive as threatening in some fashion.   The answer then is to gain understanding and in doing so, we obtain wisdom.  And in obtaining wisdom, we learn what tolerance really is.  And my friends, if we can understand the true meaning of tolerance, it is then that this issue of racism will no longer be the issue that has plagued us for so long now.  It is then that we will have truly been brought forward into wisdom.  Wisdom is based in love and understanding, yes?  So, it is in true wisdom that we will know peace in this, our world.  If you would, please give this some thought for I believe it has much merit.

As always, I thank you for taking time from your day to read these thoughts that have been given me, thoughts that I truly enjoy sharing with you.  Be blessed abundantly in your day and please be sure to share the blessing with all those round about you.  Take care with yourselves.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

 

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If The Truth Of Our World Be Known….

I wish to address the idea, the concept of truth as it applies to our world this evening.  To do so accurately, I would like to define the word, if I may.  How is the word truth defined in the dictionary?  It is and I quote “the state of being the case; the body of real things, events and facts; a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality.  It also is defined as “the body of true statements and propositions; in accordance with the facts”.   The origin of the word truth from Middle English came from the Old English as akin to the words fidelity and faithful.   In times past, truth was a powerful word.  In our world today, the word “truth” has become subjective and is most often open to interpretation.  This is evidenced in our court rooms and as well as in our workplaces.  And in the hallowed halls of our nation’s capitol, this word truth is no longer treated with the respect and sanctity it deserves.  It is also reflected in our everyday conversations with one another.  So often it is the gossip that whether substantiated or not serves only to bring more rancor and ill will into this, our world.  It seems we relish that juicy tidbit of information about our co-worker or relative even though it edifies no one while at the same time eats away at our own integrity.  Where is the logic in that?  It is well past the time where we must return to what real truth is.

So, would you hear the truth of our world now?  Or would you prefer a showering of platitudes and such so as not to consider what is really the truth?  My heart tells me that you would welcome what is true and real for we are intelligent folk by and large.  So, here is what I perceive to be the truth, as it were.  There is much good to be found upon Planet Earth, upon and within the hearts of those who dwell here.  And that is a great truth, one that I know to be true for the knowledge I can feel within my Spirit.  And it is a truth that keeps alive my dreams and hopes for our world.  Without such a knowledge, my heart would be in deep despair today.  For as the saying goes, there are always two sides to every coin.  So conversely, there is another darker truth that pervades our world today as well.

This dark truth that I refer to is multi-faceted.  I liken it unto a cancerous tumor which is spreading its many diseased tentacles across our world, working its way deeper into our lives both individually and collectively.  There is so much hatred and anger and divisiveness everywhere.  A good example of this was the recent incident in Algeria which involved a well planned attack by a not so large group of those whose hearts were angry and bitter.  Many lives were lost there that day.  And it was all so unnecessary.  The truth of the matter is that after all these years, we have yet to learn any real degree of tolerance for one another.  We humans have deemed ourselves as intelligent creatures, certainly much more so than the animals who inhabit our Earth.  (Although personally, I believe we could learn much from our furried and feathered friends!)  Why is it then that we behave so ignorantly?  This question has vexed me more and more as each new incident of racism, violence, hatred or terrorism occurs daily.  Why, when it does not need to be this way??

This issue has been on my mind quite a bit as of late.  But I suppose what prompted my writing about it was that I had turned on the television this afternoon and happened across a movie which you are probably familiar with.  It is entitled “A Time To Kill” with Samuel Jackson and Matthew McConaughey, two actors who are most talented.  If you have seen this movie, then you know that is a very painful, yet very powerful movie to watch.  This is due to the truth it contains, of course.  Our country and more to the point, our world has become one that in so many ways, has chosen to walk down the darkest of roads, those roads being Ignorance and Intolerance. Ladies and gentlemen, these are indeed the roads which are devoid of light and lead directly into ruination.  Generally speaking, we have zero tolerance for those who are different from ourselves.  Over the last few years, racism has been rising and it is not so much a direct hatred as much as it is a separatism, a method of quietly setting ourselves apart from those whose skin color or belief systems or gender preference is not the same as our own.  And this is the truth that is at the root of so many of our problems today.  We have become a people separate unto themselves which is causing us to become spiritually blind and emotionally malnourished which leads only to ignorance and anger.  I apologize if I am offending anyone here but I made a promise to myself to be candid this evening.  If any of this is hitting a nerve for you, then perhaps you need to do a bit of introspection.

And if I may say so, it is really quite sad, this separatism business because ironically it is in our diversity that our true strength and intelligence lies.  Think about this for a moment, if you will.  How beautiful would a rainbow be if its’ only color was green or yellow?  Would it still give you that moment of wonder and excitement when you spotted that bow in the sky?  Probably not.  And remember that time when you were driving along and came across that field of wildflowers?  There were so many different types of flowers with so many different colors that it just took your breath away because it was just that beautiful!!  That rainbow and those wildflowers are not just happenstance, my friends.  Not in the least bit.  A coming together, a coordination of beauty in diversity is not a coincidence but is instead created and orchestrated by design.  Do you really believe that we are so different from those wildflowers and that rainbow in terms of our diversity?  I say to you that we were also created and orchestrated in diversity by design as well.  Let us not separate ourselves from it then.  Let us instead embrace it and nurture it as one should when they are given a precious gift.

Now some may say that this answer to our world’s problems while true is far too simplistic and cannot possibly resolve the issues that we face today.  Perhaps so but perhaps not as well.  You see, there are universal truths that have remained as a constant in our world that were put in place by the One who brought this planet we live on to be.  And one of these truths is that true wisdom is found in simplicity.  The reason this may not ring true to many of us is that we have allowed our minds and hearts to forget what is really true and instead have become burdened by allowing complications to control our lives.  Give your mind a break and your heart a rest for a time and breathe in the beauty of diversity.  Remember and relearn the gift of Tolerance for others.  We are indeed much more alike than we are different.  The truth of the matter is that we have forgotten this very important fact.  I would encourage all of us to consider these things.  Understanding and tolerance given and received, one to another would go a long way towards bringing our world to a better place.  And that is most definitely the truth!!

As always, I thank you for your kind attention this evening.  I sincerely hope you have found this reading worthy of your time.  If so, please do pass it along to others you know.  I believe it to be a message for all of us.  We can indeed change our world if we can come together as a people.  Take care with yourselves. May you be blessed in the same measure as you bless those you meet each and every day.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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We Are All Of Us The Same….

There is something upon my heart this evening which is weighing upon me rather heavily.  Often times in writing, I am able to achieve some level of clarity and my heart seems a bit lighter.  I had intended to complete another piece I had started regarding how Love defines our hearts.  But that will be for another day, I believe.  As before, I pray for your indulgence here as I try to express what my heart wishes to say.

I am disturbed greatly by the lack of tolerance which is so clearly demonstrated in our world these days.  If one takes notice, it is quite prevalent and seems to become more of a problem with each day that passes.  I ask my spirit almost daily why this so, why do people of one nationality have the desire to inflict pain and death upon others simply because of the color of their skin or a religious belief that differs from their own?  Do they not see what madness this is?  Why are so many so consumed with such hatred so as to take the life of another?  And I wonder as well if when someone ends another’s life, do they and can they truly feel good about this deep in their heart?  The logic of my soul says this cannot be so, that when the heart of another ceases the rhythm that is indeed Life, the person who caused this cannot truly rejoice in what they have done.  They may have acted in the name of religious fervor or in the name of the supremacy of their race, or in the name of any other belief that has diseased their soul and mind.  But when they are alone in their room, away from the chanting and rantings of those they associate with, does such a person feel conflicted and deep within their spirit feel pain and doubt about their actions?  I believe this is true at least in most situations for if I did not believe so, then I would have to say that our world is racing at breakneck speed towards its own destruction.  I do not sense in my spirit that this is the case as yet.  Oh, you may have noticed I referred to “the logic of my soul” a bit earlier.  To some, it may sound an odd thing to say.  But every soul does indeed come with logic programmed in.  Make no mistake about this.  Perhaps this will be a subject for another day.  But I digress and for that, my apologies.

I just want to say that we are all of us the same in that we are all different.  Those of you that breed hatred within you and spread it about as a disease, may I ask you this one question?  Why can’t you see that this is true?  This statement is perfect in its logic because this is logic that was born of the soul.  Our differences were meant to be celebrated for in celebrating our differences, we are become as one people.  Am I saying then that we would all adhere to the same mode of dress and share all the same ideas and worship in the same fashion?  No, not at all.  What I am trying to convey is that we have so much we can learn from one another and in doing so, we have unity one with the other.  I am who God created me to be and therefore I do not want to be that person from a far off land and become someone I am not.  However, would I like to know this person from this far off land and learn from he or she what it is that brings to their life goodness, joy and fulfillment?  Yes, yes, and yes again!  And perhaps they will find something of worth in what my life style has to offer as well.  This is called understanding and with understanding comes tolerance.  And my friends, with tolerance comes wisdom and in wisdom lies true Life, the most precious of gifts.  Can you not see the truth in this?

What I am writing this evening came about because of a friend I have who resides in Tunisia and we converse now and again thanks to todays technologies.  I came across an item he had posted and it broke my heart.  It was a photograph of the face of a man who was of Arabic descent, I believe.  If I am incorrect in the nationality, I apologize.  I mean no disrespect.  You see, I view others through my spirit so all I really see is a human being.  But with regards to the photograph that I mentioned here?  Well to make this easier, please do something for me. It will only take but a moment or two.  Close your eyes and see this photograph now.  Do you see the face of a man, possibly Arabic in his mid-thirties with a dark bread and prominent cheekbones?  Do you see the turban he wears on his head as is the custom?  Now focus in for a moment on his eyes, if you will.  They are beautiful and dark brown in color.  Do you see reflected in those eyes a gentle kindness looking out at you?  It is difficult to miss, to be sure.  But look deeper for just a moment.  If you are observant enough, you can see also a quiet pain there, one that says to those who will hear, “Why do you dislike me so and why do you judge me based on the actions of but a few?”  Now, do you have this picture, all of it in your minds’ eye?  Good, for now I want you to visually pull back and see what else this picture contains.  It might be difficult for a moment ago, you really “saw” this person in a true light.  Now as you look at the photo again, you notice that someone has placed labels all over this beautiful human face.  Labels such as terrorist, fanatic, Muslim, Al Qaeda, militant, Saddam, prisoner, o9/11, Taliban, fundamentalist and others as well.  My friends, this photograph demonstrates the ignorance of our world.  But as disturbing and sad as this photograph was to me, there was something else which grieved my spirit.  There was a caption nearby with regards to this picture.  It read “Unfortunately, it is how others see us”.  That comment was written by a fine young man, the friend I spoke of in this writing.  He is a beautiful and kind young man with a gentle spirit and the soul of an artist.  I cannot tell you how many beautiful photos he has sent my way which have graced my day and expanded my heart.  I cannot express to you the depth of his thoughts he has shared that have caused my spirit to become more than it was previously.  And yet this wonderful soul endures much pain and trouble because of the many who believe that we are so much different, that we have no commonality in this world.  I saw this photograph he posted months ago and did make mention of it to him because it troubled me so.  I did not tell him of the tears that filled my eyes and the pain which tore at my heart because of it.  When will we as the people of the world recognize the truth of things?  And as you know, that photograph could have just as well been of a person of Hispanic descent or Asian descent or African descent or……Well, you see what it is I am saying.  It is not the nationality or choice of belief system at issue here.  It is how we as a people label and judge those around us.  Adolf Hitler did that, you know.  And if you know anything of history at all, then you know this one thing.  History will repeat itself unless we do something collectively to keep that from occurring!  And what is wonderful about that is that it is all up to us.  We can control these types of things.  Do you wish to know the frightening part of this as well?  It is also the fact that it is all up to us.  Think about that for a moment.  It is so much easier to leave things like this up to others and hope all will be taken care of properly, isn’t it?  It does not work this way however.

Whether we accept it or not, we are indeed our brothers (or sisters) keeper. We are responsible one for another.  And that responsibility includes loving your neighbor as yourself.  It is past time to realize this.  Besides, if you participate in the way things should be, you may find out you will enjoy Life that much more.  We are here on this Earth, our Earth together, are we not?  Take the time each day to speak and smile to those who you believe are different from you.  You will be surprised how that we are all of us the same!  May the blessing and the fullness of this day be yours to share!

Thank you for your kind attention.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

 

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