Altrnatives to “Us & Then”

How about “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,

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one “family.

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….?

 

Us & Them (a.k.a. They)

I was born and raised on a place we call Earth. On my planet there is one Race, the Human Race.

Strangely, no one seems to appreciate that. Something happened a long time ago and my Human Race seems to have been divided up. Divided up into smaller and smaller little groups of “Us”, whose main characteristic seems to be that they are afraid of all the other little groups of “Us’s” on the planet. Everyone refers to the groups of “Not Us” as “They” or “Them”, and spends a lot of time worrying about whether “They” are “Us”, “Just Like Us”, or “Not at all Like Us”. Continue reading