Thoughts on Equality

This is my post in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. day.  I have just returned from seeing Avatar and I am processing yet another very deep movie with lots of layers.  One quote that stands out to me from the movie is:

“The strong prey on the weak and nobody does a thing.”

Unfortunately this is the truth about so much that has happened throughout human history.  It is the people with money or political standing that get to decide for the rest of us.  It was someone with money and power that sent explorers to the new world and encouraged them to steal an entire countryside from the Native Americans.  It was someone with money and power that sent ships to Africa to bring back human beings for slave labor.  Generations later it was someone with money and power that decided the descendants of those human beings, that were stolen from their home country and forced to America, were not human enough to have the same quality of life as white people.

And I think a lot of people get convinced it’s all OK.  They decide that because the “powers that be” are doing it, then it must be just and right.  Sometimes those “powers” convince them that it is for the greater good.  They turn regular people with feelings and beliefs into enemies.  Once you are convinced that people are a threat, you can ignore the tug at your conscience that tries to remind you they are just like you.

Sometimes though someone is strong enough to stand up for what they believe in and risk it all for change.  It starts with just one person brave enough to do this.  Eventually people start to take notice.  They hear the truth in the message.  We are all equal.  Flesh and blood.  Thoughts and emotions.  Souls.  In these ways we are all connected.  Anything I do to another, I do to myself.  Every prophet, mystic, Master has told us this.

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2 thoughts on “Thoughts on Equality

  1. heather January 18, 2010 / 9:38 am

    MLK jr. had courage. After leading the 1955 Montgomery protest, King received a phone call late at night. The voice said, (paraphrase) “Nigger, we have heard enough out of you. Shut it up, or you will be sorry.” He received threats on his life and the life of his wife and children. According to his writings, he was afraid and questioned whether he could go on as the leader of this movement that was now threatening his life here on earth. He prayed and felt peace and strength from God. He said after that, he never again doubted his purpose and never again feared what might happen here on earth. When I imagine the fear of a threat on my life, or the lives of my children, I am amazed by his courage and resolve to better our country.

  2. ray January 18, 2010 / 10:30 am

    So many questions on so many levels. Is mankind a virus that sponges up the resources then moves on? Was Dr. King a great seer whose efforts morphed into a sense of entitlement without effort? Are nations built with power able to sustain their glut? It seems that on the level of society we have our ebbs and flows, but what about the individual? Is a person’s quest to overcome his ego-self possible? How does one deal with his peaks and valleys? It is far easier to deal on the “spiritual” level when Maslow’s hiarchy of needs are being met on the upper levels but how does one react when food is not available and water is only available through a polluted stream? Who am I then? What’s more important? My survival or surrendering my ego-self?

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