Tuesday 9/6/20 – Race to the Finish

The act of ridiculing another person is not only one of the most potent forms of rejection that a human being is capable of, it is simultaneously one of the strongest intentions of control in the world. In order to gain an apparent victory over another, some people employ the tactic of humiliation as their primary mode of dealing with certain individuals or groups. In their eyes, the target(s) in question have a perceived deficiency, they are in some way different, or they made some mistake; and every time these people encounter the target(s), they are going to make them suffer; they are going to make them experience (emotional) pain; they are going to control how the target(s) feel about themselves and their place in the world. Such practitioners are not as smart as they believe themselves to be. Due to their chronic inner personal conflicts and total lack of introspective skill, such an attitude inevitably rebounds back upon them as the practice simply does not make the world a better place. A sensible person does not need informing of the fact that ridiculing (or ‘ripping the piss’ out of) someone – has never solved any problem, anywhere in the world, at any time. The subject of racial discrimination has provided me personally with a life-long area of learning and pursuit of understanding. During my school years in the 1990s in the UK I witnessed countless instances of racially based conflict and hostility – and to my discredit, I was caught up and even involved in such occurrences. The whole area was wrapped in a thick layer of confusion because, as I was later to grow up to discover, I myself was in fact of a different race to the family I was born into. I am very familiar with the sensation of being rejected, and I am not only referring to such as by family and friends – the stranger on the street, someone whom I know nothing about and for whom I once had tremendous consideration and respect – they too had the potential to cause me to become ostracised, even in the brief time we spent together. I once heard a racist attitude described as: a person who sees colour only. I then surmised that I should therefore have to develop a colour-blind attitude. But later this only added to my confusion when I came to my discovery that the rejection I had received was of a racial origin – even though I broadly resemble my family and native countryman in physical appearance. I think that I am still yet to get to the bottom of this and am on a continuous learning experience. But I can certainly identify situations in life when there exists less racially mature attitudes, and the conflicts that typically arise. It has recently been said that the Sars-CoV-2 virus is less discriminating than some of the people that it infects. This may sound like a startling statement but perhaps there is some relevance to this. I have been fortunate enough to have had many delightful friendships with individuals of a different ethnicity to my own, and they have not once made me feel ashamed about the way I look. They have added a richness and diversity to my life experience for which I will be forever grateful.

Author: G4shmaster

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