Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Embracing Equality

It would seem that there are good people in the world, and that there are bad people in the world. If you were to ask one of the bad people their perception of things, you'd likely find that they had their own list of good people and bad people. Of course, they are likely to see themselves as one of the good people, and perhaps even see you as one of the bad people.

If you are part of a group that mostly agrees who is bad and who is not, you merely share a similar aspect of the illusion. If you travel outside your group, you will inevitably find other groups that see the world differently and do not perceive you to be one of the good people. Maybe they see you as an infidel, or as a white person who acts superior, oppressing others with your desires and fortunate economic circumstances.

Inadvertently, we all create bad people in our lives so that we have an outlet for focusing our guilt and shame and anger on them...

'Cause everybody's gotta have somebody to look down on
Prove they can be better than at any time they please
Someone doin' somethin' dirty, decent folks can frown on
If you can't find nobody else, then help yourself to me

Kris Kristofferon – Jesus Was a Capricorn

.. so we can remain the good person, free of sin. Talk to most anyone and you find that person has judgments of others, and that it is he or she who is the good one. Each of us has a moral structure that keeps us safe and at peace in our own minds. If you look closely, you find that each person's behavior – no matter where you look – is motivated by these structures.

It is when we truly comprehend that we are all equal to every other being on the planet that we come to understand we are as mistaken as the next person – to judge another as good or bad is mere arrogance and self-righteous. When you reach this point of understanding, you lose all anger at others – for any reason – and grow in personal power as you grow in humility. You cannot help but become more aware of your own shortcomings in a sense that you discover that you are not really what you think you are, or at least what your ego thinks you are. You become much less showy, less demonstrative of your own grandiosity, as your true grandeur shines through.

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