Do you know what it is like to feel
I know you have. And so have I.
You and I.
We do not know each others religion
We do not know each others colour
We do not know each others sexuality
We do not know each others politics
Or philosophy or ethics or family history
or personal experiences or education level or…
We all know what it feels like to be
So I ask you.
When you meet another; stranger or known
Would you prefer they treat you according to the myriad of labels society gives you or
According to your shared humanity as noted above in that long list of words?
That shared humanity, reflected most aptly by Shakespeare rather than my poor efforts through the words of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice:
I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? …”
That’s why the advice to ‘treat others the way you want to be treated’ carries so much power if enacted.
Because then and only then are we recognising ourselves in the other.
We don’t want people to be hurtful to us,
We don’t want people to yell at us,
We don’t want others to rip us off,
We don’t want others to do violence to us.
We humans like kindness and laughter and friendship without judgement and, if we get this we flourish in a wonderful way.
But we do not get it. So like Shylock the more negative sides of us arise and hence conflict left right and centre.
It worries my silly old mind.
So I write things like this and send it into the universe of blogland and hope maybe someone else will be inspired to try to live the Hope. Someone, somewhere somehow will read this and keep trying even if they, like me fail everyday. It is the trying that counts! One ripple at a time.
Now I want to break into song 🙂 !
Please just close your eyes and listen to the amazing quality of voice and orchestra.