“To reduce the aliveness of another human being to a concept is already a form of violence.” Eckhart Tolle, “Stillness Speaks”
A bottom line definition of prejudice is reducing the aliveness of another human being to our limiting concepts (ideas) of that human being. When we define each other conceptually by race, gender, height, weight, nationality, religion, attitude, possessions, attire, intellect, or physical appearance — we are reducing the aliveness of our ‘human beingness’ to that particular concept. According to Eckhart Tolle that reduction is a form of violence. Now we all know that violence comes in many forms. One of the most devastating forms is to be reduced to another person’s concept of us. It strips us of our uniqueness and divineness.
We all are very familiar with the saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” I plead with you, just ask the thousands of kids who are bullied every day. Just ask an adult who may be living with the shame of being reminded everyday of their tender young years they would never amount to anything. Their responses will, without a doubt, confirm…WORDS did hurt and still do.
This week let us not reduce the aliveness of one another by our prejudicial concepts, but strive to intentionally see one another as the created Miracles we are.
For when you see yourself as a Miracle, you will see your neighbor as a Miracle.
Be the Miracle EveryDay!