I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me./I trust my brothers who are one with me.
There is a very moving scene in the movie Remember the Titans, a true story about an African-American coach who faces challenge of systemic racism in the 70’s. In it two teenagers, previous enemies, are having a deep conversation about their former relationship:
I was afraid of you, Julius. I only saw what I was afraid of, and now I know I was only hating my brother.
Wow. Moving. It makes me tear up every time I see it. Perhaps it is the segregation in the South I know so many of our brothers and sisters had to endure. Perhaps it is the idea that anyone would have to go through so many horrific experiences. Or perhaps it is the raw emotion I see that lives in every one of us within these statements.
Every time we separate. Every time we create an ‘other’. Any time I categorize someone for not liking the same things I do (cats, books, Cheetos even), I am really only hating my sister/brother. And for what? Because I am afraid. Afraid of feeling separated. Afraid of feeling left behind. Afraid of the very things I am (ironically) doing by creating this illusory ‘me’ and ‘them’.
Today Lesson 201 reminds us that cat-lovers vs. dog-lovers really aren’t that different after all. In fact, many people I know enjoy both. And even when they don’t-they can still appreciate a good cat meme with me. Even when it isn’t their bag. Because I can trust them. Because they see a bit of themselves in my moment. And because we are more than this body or this skin suit. Our likes or dislikes.
In this we remember that we are all one. Free pieces of the Divine beyond appearances. Appreciating Divinity in tolerance and love for the truth of who we are in one-another.