There is a saying among a certain group of spiritually inclined individuals that each person is “a universe in miniature.” Another way of understanding this idea is to say “that which is above is like that which is below.” In other words, the microcosm recapitulates or mirrors the macrocosm. Basically, everything that is within the sphere of our existence on Earth is made of the same elements.
Now, when we consider life today, xenophobia, and its offspring, racism, is one of the biggest problems facing us. It is not limited to just race issues, however: it also includes religious, stylistic, cultural differences, and more. For example, it is unfortunately, sometimes popular for some African Americans to say that “Africans don’t like African Americans,” often without even having an experience that validates this.
The problem that we are facing with the “isms” like racism, sexism, etc. come from the notion of the “other” and the fear thereof. This is xenophobia, and has its origins in the fact that there is an opposite manifestation of everything. If the differing races would disappear and only one race remained on Earth, there would be differences within that one race that would generate xenophobic behavior. Men would discriminate against women; men and women would discriminate against the handicapped; etc. In other words, there will always be oppositions and divisions and people will react to them in predictable ways.
Considering the foregoing, racism is just plain stupid. It is apparent that there will always be differences between people, and it is folly to think you can rid the planet of a whole race. This was attempted during the last century in Germany when Adolph Hitler and his cronies sought what was called the “final solution” in their quest to exterminate the Jews. They actually wanted to wipe them from the face of the Earth. Other instances of genocide have occurred on our beautiful planet, but try as they may, there will usually be people who survive.
All of this should be kept in mind when we think about the rising hatred and division that is evident today in America. For the first time in a long stretch, the leader of this nation is an open racist. This has emboldened numerous others who would be closeted xenophobes but who have taken cues from leadership. The result is that people are behaving in ridiculous ways. Some are confronting people that they think are foreigners telling them to “go back to where you came from” without taking into account that this land is the only one that some of them have known. This is especially stupid when bigoted whites tell Blacks to “Go back to Africa.” Most African Americans have been in the United States their entire lives, and are the progeny of malicious imperialists who snatched their ancestors from their homes in Africa and elsewhere for the purpose of using them as slaves. Unbelievably, some of these same whites actively attempt to ban others from this land that they have stolen from Native Americans. They don’t seem to be aware of the irony of their position as interlopers themselves.
This shows a lack of intelligence that is apparent when observing any bigot. They lack good reasoning skills, and this is usually due to the fact that they think with their emotions and not with their minds. They cannot see their own folly, and coupled with this, they are incapable of understanding that the unity of existence is a fact, and it’s called LOVE. They do not see the logic in the golden rule, i.e., “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” They’d rather try to get rid of the others, a futile notion.
The sad fact is that xenophobic behavior will destroy us if we do not learn to value diversity. Our humanity and our planet is at stake if we cannot appreciate our differences and realize that we all have a part to play in the body of humanity, not unlike that which we find among the cells in our individual bodies. A Luta Continua.