Friday, June 4, 2010

Of One Family

By Jo Floyd Lucas

First, I must apologize to Rick and Linda, in front of whom I'm sure I must be 'cutting in line,' but I saw this beautiful, dangling thread hanging from Reya's previous post, and felt compelled to pick it up and continue weaving. (Pardon...'scuse me...sorry...pardon me...and farther up in line I go.)

What resonated with me so clearly from Reya's post, 'Variety is the Spice of Life,' is the idea of perspective. When we open ourselves to learning from others, we acknowledge a different, though equally valid, perspective. When we can begin to accept other valid perspectives, we can incorporate them into our view of the world. When our view of the world becomes clearer through this multidimensional perspective, we can begin to seek effective solutions to our problems.

This is not as easy as it sounds. While we outwardly disdain shows of bias or chauvinism, most of us inwardly feel it. Maybe it stems from our fears of anything different from what we have experienced. Maybe it stems from our cultural upbringing. Maybe it stems from the beginning of evolution and the 'survival of the fittest' DNA. Wherever it originates, this blind bias is counterproductive, and some of us will have to work very hard to see things from a different perspective.

It can be so easy for us to speak with authority on any given subject without realizing that our perspective may be skewed. I speak as a woman. A woman of European ancestry. A middle aged woman. A well educated woman. A woman blessed with prosperity that few others in the world will ever know. 'correct' can my perspective be?

A few days ago, Dubby posted Part II of a fascinating series of videos titled, 'Native American Prophecies.' Today, I submit Part I, which begins to examine our different perspectives, and how our own eurocentric perspective (and our difficulty in accepting other perspectives) has contributed to many of the enormous problems we face today.

Most fascinating, I was completely unaware that the war we 'Europeans' call World War I came hundreds of years after the war that Native Americans named the First World War. In addition, I was enlightened to hear that by the end of World War II, the population of Native Americans had gone from 60 million to 800,000. And yet we pontificate about the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust. Wow...different perspectives can really help us to see the big picture.

Maybe by listening to the wisdom of these Native American elders we can gain a new perspective. Maybe we can begin to see the wisdom in each other. Maybe we can open ourselves to the process of learning from one another. Maybe, like Reya said, we can begin to 'celebrate diversity' for real. Maybe, like the elder said, we will recognize that we are 'all of one family.'

Maybe...if we do all this...we can even begin to solve a few problems.


  1. Thanks Jo. It just gets more and more interesting to me to watch Smiling Heart do its work. As soon as I finished reading Lowell's comment to Reya's post, just a few minutes ago, I came back to the beginning.

    It was great to see Lowell here. Lowell and I rode to school together before I was old enough to drive. We were best friends and to this minute I vividly recall the laughter. We laughed so much that my face has permanent valleys as a reminder of those good times.

    After I read Lowell's comment, your new post popped up, even before I could learn whether Lowell has read or left remarks on other posts.

    "Everything is spiritual. Everything has SPIRIT," the Hopi elder reminds us. "Water is sacred."

    At this moment, thoughts as energy are winding and twisting within me as smoke from a Peace Pipe. Boys laughing who now line up on different sides of political issues but meet here to discuss our place in solving problems. A planet coughing with a toxic illness so severe, we only know that it deserves to be called horrible. An Indian wise man telling us that all of this is evolution.

    It gets easier and easier for me to denounce the importance of my opinions in favor of joining with others to seek "the renewal time" as one family.

  2. I agree, Dubby. Our differences are trivial compared to the problems we face today. Simply put, we need the WHOLE family to pull together right now.

    I sometimes feel that we are simply being baited by the news media and politicians, alike. Until we stop taking the bait, and come together--despite our differences--to create solutions to our problems, we will end up on a path to destruction.

    The entire series of Native American Prophecies is fascinating...thanks for telling us about it.

  3. Here here!! Loving all these thoughts.

  4. No need to apologize Jo, (not to me anyway). I've been trying to find time to weigh in, but have been busy taking care of business with some old ghosts. I agree with Reya - love the "thread". ...and with Dub - it's good to see Lowell here. ...and with Lowell - there is room for us all here. I believe we accommodate a mutual respect. That, my friends, is key, and a beautiful thing.


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