Good afternoon, Warriors. My sincere apologies for not posting in nearly a month. We’ve had a couple of family emergencies that came up and needed reconciliation. During that time, I’ve had a few moments where I’ve been able to reflect on everything I have been witnessing and, so far, have been able to see so many old wounds, personal, familial and societal, all being forced to the surface for healing. There is no coincidence in this, for if we look at ourselves, we are a reflection of society, and society is a reflection of us. If we do not heal ourselves as individuals, we cannot heal our society. And we must heal both.
But for proper healing, we must have complete and total honesty with ourselves. If we have an old wound that never properly healed, it is our responsibility to recognize what we did or didn’t do to help the wound heal. As a society it is no different. We must recognize that, while our time here on this plane may seem long to us, in the timeline of the history of the earth it is less than a microsecond. Part of our healing as a society is that we must learn to understand where we came from and our history as a part of the world, not just this moment. Our memories, individual and collectively, need to be complete, not subjective. We need to accept the histories of all peoples, not just a few groups.
In my last post, I wrote that racism is wrong. And it is. So is slavery. So is sexism. In a moral society, where “all men are created equal”, and in every Spiritual text that I have read, there is no excuse. None. But if we want these wounds to heal, we must accept that in our history as humans, we have not always been a moral society. We must accept where we came from to understand where we are going. And most of all, we cannot judge our past, individually or collectively, by the standards we hold for today. We must recognize and acknowledge that in our past, these were not considered moral issues. Throughout history, in fact, until recently (in the timeline of world history) these were all common practice, by all peoples, of all races, in every region of the world.
In ancient history, Celtic tribes, Vikings, Greeks and Romans were all known to practice at least one of the three. So did the Egyptians, Mayans and Aztecs. More modern history has China, Japan, African and Middle Eastern and Native American Tribes all with some form of slavery, racism and/or sexism in their history. And that’s before we even get to American and European history and the slave trade which included not just the well-known Atlantic Triangle, but also includes lesser known aspects of The Great Potato Famine and Indentured Servitude. Even today, the country of India still has a caste system in place that does not promote equality among all of their citizens. And that’s before we get to the known-but-not-discussed subject of the current black market slavery that we hear about in the news occasionally.
We must also acknowledge the failures in both our educational system and our media. The educational system has minimized to the point of removal the true history of our past, and the media through bias and distortion has created a false narrative that buries the truths of what is really happening to all of us, not just a particular segment of society. My heart bleeds for what I see happening. I recognize and feel the pain, but I feel the pain for all people, all histories. And until all histories and all truths are uncovered and brought forth for discussion, our collective wound will never heal.