“Sometimes we don’t look. We don’t much look.”
~ Buck Cannon, The High Chaparral TV Series ~
Buck was referring to the positive things he had recently learned about the American Indian, aside from the conflicts of the time.
If we judge other humans based on ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, political differences, general appearances, disabilities, or some other illegitimate reason, then we are not looking much. Instead, we make assumptions, succumb to fear or rumors, join the unenlightened squad, and perpetuate discrimination.
Even in the violence that had occurred between their two cultures, Buck chose to see the good in a people because he experienced part of their heritage, part of who they were in day-to-day life.
We can do the same. Educate ourselves about culture. Have respectful conversations about differences. Get to know our fellow human beings no matter who they are. Love your neighbor unconditionally. Stand up against the darkness of what holds us apart.
Keep looking for what can bring us all together as one people.
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