I’ve heard it called privilege and described as elitism.
It is caused by fear based social programming,
and appears in our lives as sexism, racism, and homophobia.
We spread this viral programming with our jokes,
with our lack of compassion, and our stubborn hold on false beliefs.
What makes me better than my neighbor is the fact that I’m not a girl, that I’m not gay, that I’m not poor, that I’m not black.
I lost a friend this year.
He was the kind of guy who needed to be
the smartest person in the room.
I loved him, but he was missing that golden rule.
His self worth seemed to be tied to the faults
he could find and exploit in others.
I missed his final days of life. I missed his memorial.
I’ve been told that he got it in the end…
that he finally figured out how to forgive faults,
how to find that common human ground.
“I’m going to start treating everyone the same,” were his final words.
My wish for humanity, for me, and for YOU,
is that they will be our next words… not our final ones.