There are two statements about human beings that are true:
that all human beings are alike, and that all are different.
On those two facts all human wisdom is founded.

Mark Van Doren

Great Spirit, help me never to judge another until I have walked in his moccasins.
Sioux Indian prayer

Hear the other side.
St. Augustine

I would rather define self as the interiorization of community.
James Hillman

You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.
Doug Floyd

Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open.
You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others,
without being crippled by your own judgment.

Ralph Marston

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
Abraham Lincoln

Being inclusive helps us answer the question: What must I do?

We know that we are each conditioned to see only a small slice of Reality. Only by being inclusive of each other’s perspective can we see the bigger picture and therefore make a more appropriate response to the situation with which we are confronted.

Why is that often so difficult? Why do we frequently feel threatened and defensive and argumentative when confronted with a value and belief system different from our own? We’ve all experienced it. What is going on?

Two dynamics seem to be at work. One, someone might be expressing ideas and opinions that for us comprise our shadow. For whatever reason, we have labeled them unacceptable in ourselves and, consequently, in others.

A second, related dynamic is that we often identify with our ideas, values and beliefs. Challenge my beliefs, and you challenge my sense of self.

On this blog we have tried to make the case that our identity is much larger than our worldview. We are the product of a 13.5 billion year evolutionary process; in fact, we are the process itself: The processes that have guided the evolution of life continue to guide our development as a human species.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a French philosopher and Jesuit priest who trained as a paleontologist and geologist, observed that one attribute of the evolutionary process is that it moves in the direction of increasing consciousness and complexity. Cells aggregate into organs. Organs into creatures. Creatures into colonies. And so on.

The Latin root of “complexity” is “complecti” which means “to embrace.” By embracing the opposing point of view, we are complying with a fundamental aspect of the evolutionary process. We are creating a more complex, richer, more conscious system. We are, in short, enhancing our ability to survive.

To embrace a new idea often requires letting go or “loosening” our attachment to a pre-existing idea. Detachment from our ideas, values and beliefs is critical to being inclusive. It does not mean that we no longer hold that idea, it means we no longer feel that we are that idea.

Detachment is hard work.

Recommended article that explores “being inclusive” in more detail: Soul-Journ.] 

A visual meditation on what it means to be inclusive from a personal perspective.

A video on what it means to be inclusive from an evolutionary perspective.

4 Comments

  1. Men spend their lives setting up strawmen that they can knock down. Men see themselves as knights of the round table going out to slay imaginary dragons [ego’s and beliefs which they acknowledge and believe to be their reality analyzed]. From their outer objective visions of recognitions and inner subjective feelings of what has been imprinted upon the walls of their souls and elevated up from their sub-conscious minds to their conscious awareness, on into their imagination and finalized thought conclusions, they reach the wall of destruction which the human mind knows only of. So as here, apocalypse or fairy tales become overpowering in their imagination.

    Men tend to overlook the reality that all which came to be, came to be before them. They had nothing to do with the principles and patterns of evolution which the Source of creation has provided to rectify Itself from the chao of disordered thoughts of man’s arrogance which caused and have caused what appears to be the destruction of himself, thus his world. Ha, what a joke man is to himself in believing he can change or alter the path of expansion when he does not know causation of anything of creation, nor what expansion means, let alone expansion of himself.

    If man is the dragon [the life and life force of his human mind] in the sense of being “only human,” then it must be considered that all which man has sat in motion can be nothing other than his children, which are his dragons [mind thoughts and interpretations] of apocalypse or fairy tales of myth and metaphors he has sat upon the world by his thinking and continous thought pattern which manifest as his thought children moving in the material world of matter which he is aware of.

    And just as some men release upon the world dragons [human mind-set] of chao, their are some men who “as the cold of the snow in the time of harvest, so is the faithful messenger of those who send him, for he refreshes the soul of his masters” by retreating into the silence of self for the allowance of the Spirit of life to take his soul in marriage so that the principles and patterns life offers will indeed allow him to become one in harmony of living in the knowledge he has not hindered, nor have been a hinderance in his odyssey of maintaining a lit lantern filled with oil so that he will be ready and attentive when the bride groom appears and open the door of the chamber of marriage beyond the world of the intellectual infinitestimal mind which believed in, build upon, a made up reality.

    “Judge not by appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” Who has this ability when thinking they are only intellectual human creatures?

    Never give power to anything a person believes is their source of strength – jufa

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  3. 過去 svereal 年。 said,

    “Men tend to overlook the reality that all which came to be, came to be before them. They had nothing to do with the principles and patterns of evolution which the Source of creation has provided to rectify Itself from the chaos of disordered thoughts of man’s arrogance which caused and have caused what appears to be the destruction of himself, thus his world. Ha, what a joke man is to himself in believing he can change or alter the path of expansion when he does not know causation of anything of creation, nor what expansion means, let alone expansion of himself.”

    If the above statements are true, how can you be so convinced that you are correct?
    How can you judge that it is either destruction or improvement that things are marching toward? If man can’t “alter the the path” then how can he bring destruction since, as you think, the Source of creation” has provided the “rectification.” From this perspective even Mao’s “Cultural Rectification” program may have simply been part of things being as they were meant to be.

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