A Letter to Humanity

Dear Humanity,

This is not what our Gods, our spiritual being, our conscience have taught us.

We were not born this way.

To hate. To espouse bigotry. To injure and maim. To kill and start wars.

To pound our fists on the table.

We have done this to ourselves and to others.

We have not learned to truly love our sisters and brothers, our mothers and fathers, our friends and relatives.

And those we see as different.

We don’t accept differences.

We don’t respect opposite opinions.

We don’t embrace our fellow mortals of varying color, of political and religious persuasion, of sexual orientation.

We don’t embrace the neighbor who doesn’t mow his grass the right height.

We don’t embrace the girl at work who wears glasses.

We shun those with addictions, those with arrest records; those with mental health issues.

We shun those who we deem to be less than perfect.

We shun those that hold their head at the wrong angle.

And we teach all this crap to our children.

We are far too judgmental for being so far from perfect. We believe that hatred and opposition will make the world a better place. We place political, religious and monetary idols ahead of decency, morality, common sense, and the one we call Our Creator or Spiritual Leader.

We put ourselves on a self-righteous pedestal and believe ourselves to be the voice of truth.

We are not that kind of voice.

We were not born this way.

We were born very innocent. We didn’t know hate or anger. We knew love at our mother’s breast or on our father’s knee. Our only wants were food, a dry diaper and the warmth of a baby blanket. 

When we grow as humans, when we learn language, is when we start to become messy people. We form opinions that creates likes and dislikes and we begin to think of self, of ego. It is that self that begins to judge.

Judgment begets dislike. Dislike turns into fear, then hate. Hate fuels anger. Anger creates verbal and physical violence.

The events of this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, came from judgment. The judgment that leads to violence. 

By you, humanity.

I know what you are saying.

“What me? I don’t do those things! I’m not like that!”

I know. Not every human is, and yet…

As the people of earth, we have a responsibility to take care of humanity, not throw it into the gutter.

We have the responsibility to love without question.

To love without expectations or rules and without judgment.

We have the responsibility of creating a peaceful world rather than tearing it down.

Humanity, we have a lot of work to do to turn this around.

To turn the tide of darkness and make this world light.

So that we can smile and laugh and be happy for ourselves and our neighbors.

The violence, the hate, the bigotry, the judgment has to stop.

We must coexist with love and kindness for all of humanity and create a world that Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., and Alfred Nobel would be proud of.

Are you with me?

Love,

Your Fellow Imperfect & Messy Human


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On the last Friday of this month, August 25th, a group of bloggers will publish posts of kindness, love, happiness, giving, resilience, laughter, light and hope. They will come together for the purpose of shedding negativity by sharing links to positive news stories and the awesome people within.

If you’d like to be part of this wonderful experience, click HERE for details and a list of blogfest co-hosts. This blogfest began back in March and will end on the last Friday of February, 2018.

 

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26 responses to A Letter to Humanity

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Well said! Each generation has the opportunity to not pass on hate and bigotry. You are do right – we are not born this way. We teach our children our faith and our fears. Our family vacationed every summer just outside of Charlottsville. I never new it as anything other than a peaceful place. I was stunned and deeply saddened this weekend. We have to do better than this.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I sat in the middle of Charlottesville a few years ago, eating lunch, and I never would have guessed either. Although on that day, I didn’t feel people’s hate as I do today. I keep hoping that this is not the majority of the world, that most people are decent and kind and want peace. Or have the ability to change their thoughts from hate to love.

      • Dan Antion says:

        Hate thrives in groups. I think that as long as individuals and groups stand up against it, it will fail. But the people who hate don’t seem to care what others think. It’s sad to see so many of them.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        Those of us who stand for peace need to be louder about it and not just on Facebook. I’ve never been much of an activist about anything, but the current times are making me ponder how I can be part of a movement to turn the tide.

  2. JoAnna says:

    I’m with you, Mary. “As the people of earth, we have a responsibility to take care of humanity….the responsibility of creating e a peaceful world.” We must do better.

  3. This is extremely well written. Thank you. We certainly find ourselves in a very strange place where intolerance and violence are accepted avenues. I watched the news this weekend and could hardly believe what we have become. It is going to take a huge effort to get away from where we are right now, but here’s hoping we can all do something small to move us to a better place.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I don’t like where this country and the world is now in terms of the hate, bigotry and violence. It makes my heart sad. Martin Luther King Jr. and others who have fought for peace and tolerance over the years would be so disappointed in how we haven’t gotten to that place…the promised land where we all live together in peace.

      • I’ve been working on a genealogy project and was so excited to find relatives back to 1598 coming over from England. But, then this week happens and you wonder how far we’ve really progressed. Sad.

  4. The world is making me so sad right now.
    I’ve never understood why someone having a different religion than someone else, causes so must hatred. I remember asking my RE teacher at school about this and she told me that her heart was heavy regarding this too.

    I just don’t understand why someone with a different skin colour is treated any differently than I am.

    One of my specialists I see at my hospital asked me recently who I’d seen last time and I told him it was a man; roughly how tall I though he was; that he had a very close shaved beard; dark hair; … oh! and glasses! He then asked me if this man was black. I sat for a moment and tried to remember … and for the life of me couldn’t. Black? Oriental? A mixture of somethings or other?

    I had to admit that I wasn’t sure. You see … I’m colour blind. Not to colours of the rainbow … not red, yellow green blue violet … and all the other colours in the paint box. But colour blind as in I don’t notice the colour of someone’s skin.
    I only see the person they are. How they come across to me. Funny, shy, caring, gentle, tough, angry, fearful, and all the other things than men/women can be.

    The world right now doesn’t make any sense to me, and there are things which are happening, or about to happen, or that I can see happening because of *this* or *that* …. these are things that are now making me fearful.

    I never dreamed that the world would ever ‘feel’ like it feels right now. For to me … the world feels dirty. It feels grubby, disgusting, and in some places it feels vile.

    But … how do we heal a world which has gone SO far down the wrong road?
    How do we MAKE those people who are the cause of so many problems, actually go in the direction you want them to?

    Thoughtful, thought invoking post Mary. Well written and concise. Great job.
    Sending squidges and love ~ Cobs. x

    • bikerchick57 says:

      If there had been an option to click “LOVE” for your comments, I would have been all over that. You’ve said many things that I’ve been feeling about the world and its people making sense. I don’t understand the hate and bigotry either or that we’re in this place of so much violence. It’s going to take a huge effort by those who understand peace and love to change the way people treat and look at each other. Educating our children, setting a good example, and having our country’s leaders (political, religious and otherwise) denounce the vitriol in no uncertain terms. I’m so worried about my country and where the current political climate is taking us. We’re moving backward, not forward

  5. Well written, Mary. I chose not to read about it other than the brief synopsis on twitter. I chose not to indulge in the back and forth. Instead, I chose to share the positive stories written by our fellow #WATWB members. Sending positive vibes out into the world.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      That’s okay Lynn. I tried to send a message out with this post about how we need love and light and positive vibes rather than awful human behavior and the depressing news of this past weekend. I also had to get this out of my system so I could move onto much happier posts the rest of this week.

  6. Mary, last week was a sad one all around.
    60 kids died in India due to lack of oxygen because the government didn’t pay bills. They’re passing the buck around, as usual.

    I just felt the need for WATWB more than ever.

    Really hope to continue the WATWB all of next year, too. The linky list is a yearly subscription, so it shows as live only till March, when I bought it.

    May peace prevail upon our world.

  7. LB says:

    Yes, be a part of the movement to turn this tide! Hate and racism are not new. They have just been encouraged and emboldened.
    Thank you for your words, Mary.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I only wish my words had an effect on those who hate the most. I also wish the encourager would leave office, although that might not change the current tide.

      • LB says:

        Sadly, I think you are right, about the encourager. I am hoping that your words DO have effect!

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