Just some thoughts::
WHY IS IT
There is a line in a Kris Kristofferson song that goes something like, “We all hate things we don’t understand.” I think the line is from the song “Jesus was a Capricorn.” The song has some thought provoking lines and can make one a bit uncomfortable as we might find ourselves somewhere in the lyrics.
The author Rick Bragg writes of his experiences when he attended Harvard on a one year fellowship. It caused Bragg to do a number of things and one of them was to get out of his comfort zone. Bragg was from rural Alabama what some would call “Redneck Country.” My family and I spent nearly twenty-five years from our simple beginnings in Indiana to living twenty-five miles from the entrance to the Holland Tunnel going into New York City. I know what it is like to be thrust into a different environment so to speak.
He says something in one of his writings that I think is so true. He said one of the things he learned in that year was, “They taught me that you can’t go through life not liking people because they didn’t have to work as hard or come as far as you did.”
Recently I heard someone say of the son of a very wealthy man: “Well you know he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He’s never had to do anything really like work or worthwhile.” The person had a few other comments about the rich one and it was said with a tone of disdain.
Why is it that we form opinions about others based upon such things as education, color of skin, wealth, where they live. The list could go on and on. There is not a human alive that had anything to do with the color of their skin or the wealth or selection of their parents. Yet they get evaluated by such.
What that experience forced Bragg to do was meet people, not make unfounded judgements. Best to form where one is liked or un-liked by how they act not by their parents wealth, the color of their skin, rich or poor.”
“Some folks hate the whites who hate the black’s
who hate the Klan. Most of us hate anything we
“Cause everybody gotta have somebody to look down on.”
August 13, 2019