“We are all one tribe”, or “Everything and everyone is connected”?
Throughout the world the Elders of various traditions maintain “We are all one Tribe” This isn’t restricted to Human Beings alone. All of Creation, all of the Universe, is one tribe, everything that lives and exists on this planet, everything in the Cosmos, comes from one source, is one family, one tribe.
Similarly, the Buddhist concept of “Everything is connected” places all of us and everything around us in one group,
The Que’ro of Peru have a concept they call “Ayni”. It means being in right relationship. Right relationship to everything around them. Themselves, their family, their neighbors, their environment, their world.
All of these concepts are based
on respect. Respect for ourselves and everyone and everything around us.
“Us & Them” is not based on
respect, it’s based on Fear. Fear of differences, no matter if they are real or only perceived.
Are we to continue to base relationships on fear….? Who does that serve….?