We are One is the title to a classic recorded by Frankie Beverly and Maze. The phrase ‘we are one’ is also the precise expression of mankind. Simply put, we are God’s children that consist of sisters and brothers from every nation. The late former chairperson of Rainbow Push Coalition, Rev. Willie Chaplin Barrow would often say, “We are more connected than we are disconnected.” To be honest, this didn’t resonate until years later. Since then I have seen these words manifest time and time again as the power of this truth has made an indelible impression in my life.
This truth was further examined when my co-worker, Jen, shared how research indicates that human beings are all one color. Melanin is what causes dark or light skins and differentiates various races. She concluded that because we are from one source, that we are technically all the same. Archaeologists have hundreds of reports that the oldest human remains can be traced to Africa. Not only are we from one source, but also from one country that many report as Ethiopia. Perhaps that is why in the end the scripture states that we All go back to the dust. “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19 NIV)
‘We are all one” was even closer revealed when Iyanla Vanzant shared a quote about her Native American grandmother. During her show on OWN, the life coach stated that her grandmother often said—there is only one man—All Men—there is only one woman—All Women and there is only one child that is All Children. Whatever I do at any given time—will and should always have a direct effect on you or some- one else. Why? Because we are all connected. It’s almost akin to Sir Isaac Newton’s theory that “for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Regardless of whether you know it or not—our actions have an inevitable inextricable effect on our sisters and brothers of the world.
What we do whether among ourselves or to each other has an immediate intrinsic effect on others whether we know it or not. This is also applicable regardless if the other party knows it or not. I believe it’s because we are spiritual beings emanating from one source therefore we are all connected. Be it plant life or from various ethnic background creeds and colors. The actions that you or I make will in some form or fashion affect everyone else. This is similar to the ‘butterfly effect.’ This is the theory that when a small butterfly flutters its wings in Australia the movement can ultimately cause a hurricane in the United States. Everything and everyone is connected and affected by the other.
In conclusion, this recent Presidential election has caused some strange and rather frightening actions to surface in our country. If allowed, some of these actions could cause a set back of 400 years in our country. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Since we are one people—from one God—on one earth, you would think it would not be so difficult. Now more than ever, let’s pray for harmony, blessing and God’s grace to live on earth as brothers and sisters spreading God’s love continuously.
Do you see the connection….?
© Effie Rolfe is an Author of “Supersize Your Thinking,” Media Personality and Motivational Speaker. You can contact her on twitter.com/effiedrolfe Listen to her show daily on urbanpraiseradio.org (2015 Stellar Award Winner for Best Internet Radio Station)