Perhaps if we all subscribed to the African concept of Ubuntu – that we all become people through other people, and that we cannot be fully human alone, we could learn a lot. There’d be less hatred and more harmony. Queen Rania of Jordan
Meditation: One of the illnesses in America is group isolation. People gather only with those who look like them, talk like them and share the same values like them. In some way they think that they are not alone because they have a group around them, but they really are alone. If all people around us are just like us, then we are really only an extension of each other. Those who are like me won’t challenge me or make me grow. Groups of sameness have the function of anxiously maintaining the status quo and to insulate a particular group from other people who are different and who they fear. And fear breeds hatred. What are we humans so afraid of? “Ubuntu” means “becoming ourselves through OTHER people”: people who are different from us, who challenge us, who make us think, who stir curiosity and new thinking… That is the openness that we are invited to learn. But this bridge building between groups requires leaders who do not induce paranoia while using nationalistic and xenophobic rhetoric for their political game. We mourn the current climate in our country!
Prayer: God, you see how racism and the oppression of minorities are raising their ugly head in our society. Uninhibited violence erupts. A culture of threats and uninhibited impulses is being modeled from the highest ranks. Groups are being stirred up against each other. Violent language, unrestraint prejudice and the use and abuse of people are becoming daily occurrences. God, all of this is not according to Your will. Let us speak up. God, have mercy. Amen
For God does not show favoritism. Romans 2:11