The Objective Voice Covid Papers
August 23, 2020
Simple solution. Treat everyone the same. If you approach someone or
they approach you, be it waitress, garbage man, plumber, broker,
banker, ditch digger, insurance agent, CEO, billionaire, etc, treat
them the same. Problem solved.
We have likely been indocrinated somewhere in the past that certain
people should be treated with respect reflecting their position in
life. This is the root of racism. Treat everyone the same except.....
I have always been told, you need to dress like this and say this
depending on the situation. Very soon we lose what it means to "be
ourselves". How can I be myself if I have to be one self when on a job
interview and another self when I am chumming around with my buddies.
Well they say life is not simple. It depends on who you are addressing
and their socio economic status. Thus racism begins almost immediately
in our lives as do most behaviors. Once the simple rule is broken
"treat everyone the same" and you are told to be this way with this
person and that way with that person complexity becomes our
excuse. Favoring one individual over another going into a new
relationship with preconcieved notions is the root of racism.
There is nothing wrong with making generalizations. That is the
way we filter out and organization all the information we need to
process which is a lot. Its a great way to discuss things and
organize our thoughts by looking for categories and patterns. Freedom
of the speech allows us to say anything we want. But again we interpret
that rule as "say anything you want except to......or in front
of......or here, or there or anywhere and everywhere. Confused? I am.
But what I am talking about here is the first time you meet any human
being. Assume nothing. The ditch digger might be a millionaire
who enjoys the job to stay fit. The CEO could be a
felon. The well dressed lady may be conning you. So assume
nothing. Engage, listen and do your due diligence in regard to that
person. If it develops into a relationship judge the person by your
moral code. Be cautions, use checks and balances do your due diligence,
Thats just smart. Or don't if you so choose. However, don't assume the
dirt or intelligence your neighbor or boss gave you is the truth. Take
it with a grain of salt.
I have had people say to me offended when I talk, do you know who you
are talking to. A person of my position deserves respect. I say I am
sorry but I communicate the same way with people I don't really know or
have no previous relationship with. I can only be myself. I am
just being honest with you cause this is what I believe. People who
think they have power are really offended by this. Nobody has the power
over you unless you give it to them. Once you start playing this
game of trying to treat one person one way and another the otherway
based on status and rules and protocols and catagorizations and
generalizations others have made and fed you, you will become so
confused you won't know who you are. Letting other people drive
your interactions and beliefs in others is the root of racism.
Visual racism, the kind that is used by just viewing another human
being, like he has 3 heads so how could he be like me. He must be
destroyed, humiliated and proven to be beneath me kind of racism. You
know it, you love it :). With the globalization of the world this
issue will go away. We will become a homogenized pool of genes.
Like pouring all the wine in the world in one bucket, then bottling and
selling that. We may not be little clones but there will be so
many variations we will not notice it anymore. Remember the bar room
scene in star wars. Or read Dr Suess a star upon thars.
So approach everyone the same way regardless of their social economic
status or what they look like. If you are an opptomist assume the
best. if you are a pessimist assume the worst. Just be consistent. Be
yourself. If you develop a relationship you of course can begin to end
or continue that relationship based on real interactions with a human
being not hearsay or gossip or gross generalizations told to you by
other sources. You are in charge of you. Your mother is not
in charge of you, your family is not, your wife is not, your boss is
not, your god is not. You are in charge, unless you believe that
you are graced by a superior guiding being that is controlling your
destiny. Whatever you look like and whatever you do or how you fit in
with other human beings, you ultimately pull the trigger on each and
every decision. If you make a bad one try to learn from it and
move on as quickly as you can and at your own pace, not someone
elses. Nobody else controls you and only you are responsible for
your actions so choose wisely. We are all basically the same.