Across the world many feel the constant need to choose a side. At some point we may even be asked or pressured to do so. On the surface these choices of sides closely resemble a gang mentality. For many, the easiest choice has never fully been theirs at all, but rather of those who came before them, simply trending along with the same their entire lives. Ironically the most comfortable choices often lead to great futures of discomfort. So many simply go with what they’ve always known, assuming it must be correct. Changes can offer up scary thoughts, so the pattern continues on in the form of stubbornness.
If asked which side am I on? I’m on the side of equal human rights. I’m on the side of passing judgement based only upon one’s true heart and intent of their actions; not their skin color, sexuality, gender, age, culture, choice of belief, or lack thereof. I’m on the side of being vulnerable without fear, calling things as they are, not because it follows the flavor of the weak. (Purposely mis-spelled) I am on the side of those who find it important to question everything they’ve been taught before arriving at a conclusion which is never fully written in stone. Albert Einstein once said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” I am on the side of rational minds, accepting that changes most crucial to support our future existence often need to manifest within ourselves first. But above all, I am forever on the side of compressing all the others into only two, Love and Understanding.
However, the question “which side am I on” is not only incomplete, it’s entirely self-serving. It stunts my own personal growth as much as yours. So in order to offer a complete answer towards a more self-less nature, we must first expand upon the question, instead breaking it into three parts:
1) Which side am I on? (Selfish)
2) Which side are YOU on? (Self-Less)
3) Which side are WE on? (Self-Less)
We can ask these in all orders beginning with any one, but “self-less” beats “selfish” every time by the majority when asking all three.
“The Holy Bible” holds many great teachings, most fittingly one of 1 Peter 3:8 which reads: “To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit.”
Until we as a human race are able to progress to the third question, it will not matter who our leaders are. It will not matter whether an “(R)”, a “(D)”, or an “(I)” sits next to their names. Also, yet another point in human history where the differences in color will not matter. My, how we love to cling to our favorite color as if the others don’t also share their own unique beauty.
Black, White, Yellow, Brown, Red, Blue, or Green. Which side are you on?
The answer typically flows from mouths within seconds. It would be beneficial to exhibit patience in our answers, taking into consideration that we still have much to learn about ourselves and others. We must be brave enough to change our minds and exhibit the confidence necessary to state when we have. The future state of humanity may depend on our doing so.
While our mind chooses sides, let our heart lead the way. Our mind will take us in many directions, but it’s only our heart that can lead to the same side… “Us.”