08 Feb 2016 · 11:27
It is not a simple task to isolate the vowels in the word supremacy. In other words – it is not plain ABC sailing to locate the source of the scourge that introduced the notion of supremacy to certain people in certain places, positions. However, where it started is not what we shall become obsessed with, how to stamp it out is going to be our present obsession. I suspect that the fictitious statement that there was – or is – a ‘chosen race’ in the first place has contributed hugely to the problem of inequality that exists in our today world. The other issue is that it would appear that a great many of the apparently ‘unchosen’ tripped into the trap of believing that they were either inferior, or less ‘desirable’ to God that those he allegedly selected as his representatives. This is good news, because all it takes to eradicate the shadow of supremacy is to shine Life’s light on how ridiculous the notion is and then teach people to stop believing that God – or whatever – ever chose one type over another. He didn’t.
It would seem that supremacists have chronic self-esteem issues. If you need to believe that you are better – or more entitled to privilege – than the human being next to you in order to get through the day, then your life is a waste of everyone’s time. There is no point in entertaining a waste of time. We are all skilled in different ways, there are none ‘more capable’ than others. It is a fundamental failure – a primal lie – to imagine that what one man can do, another cannot. And I mean that from both sides. Those who have grown up believing that they are lesser than others need to reassess their thinking, change their mindset. This is not always easy, given the proclivity of the supremacists for bullying and intimidating those who have been ‘taught’ that their contributions to our world are of no value. Those who spend time and energy attempting to subvert others also need to change their mindset – and quickly – otherwise it will be changed for them. I would suggest changing voluntarily. It is not wise to push an issue until you have your mode of thinking altered for you.
Supremacists have held on to their ‘power’ by demeaning other people and their kin. They are motivated by fear of difference, a fundamental lack of understanding bequeathed them by their forebears. For instance, in South Africa, a great many homes that take advantage of the services domestic workers offer will not allow their domestic staff to use their crockery or cutlery or drink from their glasses. They will provide a meal for their staff, usually, but this meal is often food that the families themselves would not choose to eat, i.e. it is the cheap shit from the supermarket. This blatant ‘racism’ if you like (racists are notorious supremacists) is unacceptable. Domestic staff should be invited to eat from what is in the fridge, or in the cupboards, i.e. they should be given a choice. It is not acceptable to have the attitude that your domestic staff should be grateful to even get a meal. Considering that these workers maintain homes and gardens and both babysit and in many instances raise these families’ children, they should be treated with respect and shown some common decency. Shifting this paradigm is naturally going to be a challenge, but it is possible. A few million ignorant people need a wake-up call, is all. How many times have you heard it said: treat others as you want be treated? What is so difficult about that? Treat people equally, irrespective of their gender, colour, culture, or sexual persuasion. That is one of the first guidelines in our brave new world and it is one about which I am passionate. Passion and persistence go hand in hand and we would all do well to embrace our passions and use them to bolster our brave new world.
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29 Jul 2013 · 09:48
There is a residual racism alive and well in the world. This is not productive. Racism is a dead-end road to nowhere. When you are tempted to judge a person because they are not the same colour as you, know that you are prejudiced. Prejudice is not an attractive quality. You cannot know how it is to be a person of colour if you are not coloured. Theirs’ has been an uphill battle all along, it has to be said. They must be getting tired of defining themselves again and again, defending their right to exist in a world fearful of their difference. Considering people of colour are by far the majority in this world, those that are not of colour should understand their place in the scheme of things. They have an opinion – that is all. We all have an opinion that we are free to exercise. It is important to understand that we should not use our opinions to condemn the lives of other people. How dare you wish harm to another human being? That is not your place. It is not your job to effect doom on another’s days. If you have ideas of hurting other people, tidy up your head.
It is necessary to judge a person’s nature before you decide to interact with them. You cannot do that in one minute. How a person treats you over time tells you a lot about their character, a lot about yours. If you are open to your world, you will know with whom you are best connected. You will know, too, who you do not want near you. You will feel it. Children are particularly adept at sensing good, bad. Trust their judgement. Children will start profiling themselves racially at 5 years of age. It is important, therefore, that before the age of 5 a child is exposed to other children of every colour. When a child understands that it is one of a number of others – and through that understanding learns that ‘otherness’ is okay – then we have a situation where tolerance is being fostered. You simply have to tolerate other people – we all share this space. Practicing tolerance is good practice.
Racism makes this world weary. It’s an energy-thief. Its basis is fear, its power, hatred. It is time to nullify the hatred. Men need to be men now. They need to take control of their dark sides, which means harnessing their primal drives. This darker energy needs containing – there are too many men visiting their darker sides upon the planet and turning our reality into a freak show. A dark side is dark, it is not meant for the light. It takes a strong man to turn and face the shadows. Turning is always a slow process, but it is possible to do a full 360° if you exercise enough patience. 360° is where you want to be. We need to turn and face the tsunami of hatred that is building, daily, for individuals, groups, a system that is failing its people. By and large, the world of politics is a mess and it is failing at its own job. Money is a bigger mess than politics. Politics is about puppets in the today-world. Puppets are bought and sold every day. How effective any prime minister, any president, at exacting real change from the masses? I suppose it depends how they ask for that change to come about. Since most of them are lying about the truth in one way or another we find it increasingly difficult to find the energy to listen to any of their stories. In this day and age it is ridiculous that every country is not run on a democratic basis. And I have to ask – what are the Republicans doing for this planet, apart from marginalising people? They need to open their minds and get with the programme called Progress.
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