Thursday, March 13, 2008

Red & Yellow, Black & White

I've been in my masters program for almost a year now, and part of completing my degree is taking an ethnic diversity class. The first thing that came to my mind during class today was the old song "red & yellow black & white”. One of my friends was talking to me about how she was talking with her mom about the attempts from churches to address the race issues. I can’t imagine how much pain racism and prejudice has brought to people. People have been slaughtered, abused, tormented, and just treated horrifically and for what? Any time I begin to think of why people feel the need to segregate or huddle together in comfortable groups, I can’t help but ask why. Why? What is the benefit of giving one group a privilege over another? I can’t quite figure it out other than to say that humanity is flawed. Everyone of us has the capacity to do bad things, and yet we all have the capacity to do such great things. I believe we’ve come into an era where people are doing more and more great things for one another and I can’t wait to look back twenty years from now and say “I can’t believe how good we have learned to be toward one another.” It takes acts of humility and self sacrifice, and as we seek opportunities to be enlightened I believe transcendent truth will be given to us.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Knocked Down

Have you ever been knocked down? Staying down isn't an option, you eventually have to get up. I went snowboarding a few weeks ago and attempted a jump I had no business attempting. I fell and hurt myself pretty bad, and yet everything in me worked hard to get up, get down the mountain, and hit 15+ runs the next day. Granted I may be a little stubborn, but I believe there is something inside each of us that causes us to get up after we've been knocked down. No matter what the scenario there is something in the human spirit that yearns to move forward, make progress, get up, and move on. Have you been knocked down? Are you struggling to get up? What's holding you back?