Racism is (a terrible topic) beyond my understanding/comprehension…probably because of my family upbringing and background/education. I was raised in a family where fragile life of all backgrounds/races/cultures were appreciated, accepted and loved. One race was never elevated over another. We all belong to the same race: HUMAN!:) (I was taught to treat Others from varying places/cultures/countries as my global brother or sister since childhood.) So, I’ve really been privileged to have many beautiful friends/family from all over the place…which I’ve learned/benefitted a lot from their various experiences/cultures.
Today, I was reading an article in Huffington Post about twins that look different http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/02/biracial-twins-lucy-maria-aylmer_n_6787294.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592...which, of course, got my brain/dendrites connecting to stuff/readings of the past on this topic of global family. For example:
Discoveries in genetics have confirmed the fallacy of racism. Researchers studying people from different continents have found that the differences in DNA between any two randomly chosen individuals from virtually anywhere in the world amounted to about 0.5 percent. * And 86 to 90 percent of those differences occurred within any one racial group. Therefore, just 14 percent or less of the 0.5 percent variation occurred between racial groups.
*The relatively few genetic differences between humans may, however, be significant medically, for some diseases appear to have a genetic link.
Because “humans are genetically homogeneous,” says the journal Nature, “genetics can and should be an important tool in helping to both illuminate and defuse the race issue.” (excerpted: AWAKE! 2009 We Are All One Family)
So, science combats racism…yet it persists (and why is that?)..science alone, obviously, is NOT enough to do away with racism! Brain/head knowledge/scientific fact is not enough. Here’s where spirituality/heart fact is significant in eliminating racism:
The heart, or the inner person, must also be reached. “Out of the heart come wicked reasonings,” said Jesus Christ.
—Matthew 15:19, 20.
The Bible’s Viewpoint
The Bible was written to appeal to the heart. For example, in addition to stating the scientific truth that “[God] made out of one man every nation of men, to dwell upon the entire surface of the earth,” the Bible also says: “God is not partial, but in every nation the man that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.” (Acts 10:34, 35; 17:26) Does that not warm your heart toward God?
(Yahweh) Jehovah God wants us to show that we love him by becoming like him. “Become imitators of God, as beloved children, and go on walking in love,” says Ephesians 5:1, 2. “Walking in love” includes loving people as God does, regardless of their skin color or ethnicity.
—Mark 12:31 (my highlights excerpted: AWAKE! 2009 article: We Are All One Family!)
How am i treating my family (fellow-fragile-breathing-life) today??
(IF we hurt family, we are ultimately hurting ourselves, eh?)
“All things . . . that you want men to do to you, you also must do to them.”
Am i being Loving? Kind? Forgiving? Compassionate? Considerate? Respectful? Thankful? Helpful? Patient? 🙂
(published 3/3/15 @ 10:44 a.m.)