What is the one thing on which we can all agree? The one thing we all have in common?
It is not God or faith or religion. It is not belief or science or history or now. It is not what we eat or drink or breathe. It is not how we look, how we sound or how we speak. It is not what we have or have not. It is not what we were given, or what we were not. It is not what we have achieved or not achieved.
What we have in common is nothing that we can change.
We are all the same species. We are human. Homo-sapiens. Whether that was at the whim of a deity and / or the soup of evolution is irrelevant. I.R.R.E.L.E.V.A.N.T. We are what we are. We are not what we are not.
And whether we agree on “beliefs and preferences” – whether we choose “either or” – whether we choose “either and” – whether we are “inclusive or exclusive” – whether we are “right or wrong” …
That is simply our choice of how we each decorate our own lives.
And if we have the time and energy to decorate our own lives – then we were probably given more than others.
I was given so much.
A colour of skin associated with wealth and intelligence. An education associated with wealth and power. A gender associated with leadership and power. A mother and father with their own home and income – the wherewithal to feed and clothe me – the lifestyle to sustain me – the motivation to love me unconditionally – the money to support my discovery of “choice” – the money to support my trying this and that – the money to allow me to try and put down, to pick up belief and preferences – to decorate my own life with my own decorations that are – and were – the decorations of privilege. And, in that, I am not unique.
And yet …
I see so much anger in this blog community. So much hatred. So much malicious “fun” at the expense of others. So much proving you are wrong because I am right. The (mini) clubs of similar “interior decorations and beliefs” seem more important than that we each have in common.
And I think that, for a lot of us, “interior decoration” IS more important. Except that none of that has anything to do with “God or Science”.
N.O.T.H.I.N.G. at all.
All that says is “I belong!” … “I have rights” … “I should be given more!” … “I am right and you … aren’t.” And that is an injustice. That is “You do not belong (as much as me) – you are N.O.T. the same species (as much as I am ). You are N.O.T. human (like me) – you are N.O.T. homo-sapiens (in my own creation).”
And (unless I am missing something really important) – all because:
“My decorations of belief are more important to me than you are.”
Because I see great science and I see great faith. They are not incompatible. They are both (great) decorations of belief – just as I see (shabby) decorations of belief.
For me, the “great” are not at the expense of another, but those whose beliefs and preferences are to build rather than demolish. Whose humanity comes first. Those who hold what we have in common as the only non-negotiable decoration of belief.
Because I see that as something else we have in common.
If we allow.
(so what makes us not allow?)