As a person who gives lot of importance in life to harmony, it is painful to hear the social disturbances in USA these days.
I personally experienced the warmth that the great Indian monk, Swami Vivekananda famously said at a Chicago conference more than 100 years ago “brothers and sisters of america”. A land of freedom – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
I always had beautiful experiences making friendships with people during my stay in USA.
The colour of the skin, eyes, hair or any other physical attribute neither hindered nor entered our minds.
I did hear about racism being a reality in some families, societies and suburban parts of the country in a subtle manner. But thanks to all my friends, co-workers, bosses and others that i fortunately never experienced it during my stay or travels around the country.
May be i was plain lucky, but i would like to think from the bottom of my heart that it is the norm. For me, there is no other reason to think otherwise based on my life experiences and also for the benefit of future generations.
USA is a nation that most of the world looks upto as a benchmark.
Many believe that, if only majority of their citizens are as educated as that of USA, then their countries would also be as developed, prosperous and advanced.
Such a great place is being burnt today by its own children. It is heart wrenching to see my brothers fighting with each other on the streets just because they happen to have different colored skins.
My heart feels brothers and sisters of this beautiful country would soon get the nation back on its rightful course.
Let’s overcome the challenge of looking at mere bodily differences as barriers of lives blissfully coming together.
The idea of race, gender, caste, creed, nationality are interesting..
Iam told that iam a brown indian hindu brahmin male. I wondered what it really meant.
When we think of it, there are multiple identities for human existence.
These set of identities start at the center with me, the individual.
Since i am born with a specific gender, it pushes me into a circle of gender identity. Also followed by a circle of racial identity. Both of which are not a personal choice but determined by the genetic makeup.
Then comes the circle of family, caste and creed identities at birth.
Then i have a circle of society and national identity based on my birth place and residence.
When extended further, it expands to the circle of humanity.
And finally, as per my personal belief, there is an identity with an all pervasive soul that combines the entire nature together as ONE.
In this manner, we are all made to associate with a few identity circles at different stages of our lives.
Everytime we associate with these identities, we tend to become part of some exclusive circles.
Depending on which circle has the most influence at a given time and place, we become part of an either oppressive or victim group and are forced to express accordingly.
Some of these identities are very deep at genetic levels, may be for a purpose and destiny. Some of them are personal choices we exercise throughout our lives.
I am happy with my personal identity of both genetic and personal choices, but I don’t like to think of them as some exclusive circles that i need to be trapped into permanently.
Instead, i would love to see them as steps to create a beautiful staircase towards the identity of the universal spirit.
If i am anyway striving, let me strive for that union with the universal spirit bringing harmony with all circles and beyond.
ALSO READ ABOUT FEW THOUGHTS ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION HERE..
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