The one good thing that difficult experiences offer us is the opportunity to know ourselves. What these experiences make us connect with, and how we deal with them. The murder of George Floyd, and the events happening, give us the last of such experiences.
I’m afraid that messages of racism and oppression may be doing more harm than good in people’s minds. Especially in non white people, but also in white people. The messages start impregnating everyone’s minds, and our unconscious starts buying into them. And the moment that happens, we just created racism and oppression.
Black people who felt free yesterday, suddenly feel oppressed, distrust the world, and perceive it as an unsafe place. White people who treated black people as equal yesterday, will perceive them as oppressed and will offer them a different treatment.
I was astonished at a video I saw yesterday of a young, black, American woman, utterly defending her freedom. Her words were “I am black. I am not oppressed. I am free.” Wow, that is a powerful message, I thought. That is the message that should be spreading. That is I’m sure what Martin Luther King would have wanted all black people to say in the XXI century. To embody that message. To live it. To stay loyal to their intrinsic freedom even in the face of adversities.
It is of uttermost importance that we dedicate our attention and focus to what we want to create in life. We want freedom. We want equality. We want diversity. We want life. So we should be sending these messages.
“You cannot retain a true and clear vision if you are constantly turning your attention to opposing pictures.” – Wallace Wattles
But, seems we are not there yet. Seems we need to keep with the struggle to liberate ourselves from the heritage of our past history. And so be it.