The Message of Juneteenth – Unconditional Respect for All

GurujiMa  | 

When we recognize the history of this country in relation to ‘otherness’ – those peoples whom we have trampled on, disrespected, treated negligently, harmed, or massacred – we know these things now, but how does it affect our individual lives?

As a society, we have not gotten past the old paradigm of competing with each other, needing to be superior, needing to see someone else as wrong and ourselves as right. We are stuck in the ‘either-or’ paradigm of you’re right and I’m wrong, or I’m right and you’re wrong. This country is meant to build unity out of diversity, but we don’t know how to do that. We don’t know how to build unity with someone who disagrees with us or is very different from us.


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