The Oneness of it All

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We’ve all seen a flock of birds flying, and then suddenly turn in perfect unison. We know that when laying with its mother, a baby’s heart begins to beat in synchronicity with the mother’s. And science tells us that if we start pendulums at different intervals, eventually they will begin to swing in the same time and direction. These and other phenomena suggest that there are organic mechanisms in place that cause/allow both things and beings to function as one. But what about human beings—how closely are we connected; is there a point at which this species functions as one instinctively?
 
Taking Washington DC’s population of 601,723, according to the US Census, as a small sample of human beings currently residing on this planet, we can see at a glance that divisions among city’s residents are often striking and disregard for one’s fellow human being can, and does often run deep. This disregard is seldom addressed or even acknowledged openly, but can be seen and felt by taking a quick, almost incidental look at the disparities that exist between the various groups and cultures that make up DC’s population.
 
It is not a stretch then to propose that our inability to change the environment, course of interactions among the many groups of the city and the very direction of the city’s growth is based largely on our unwillingness to connect with one another on levels that run deeper than the superficial and divisive exchanges we’ve accepted to date.
 
An example of  the human separateness among DC residents can be found in the chronic recycling of plans and promises to repair social, political and economic conditions that have been broken for far too long and that cause the “least among us” to remain trapped in ill-fated circumstances.  On some occasions, usually around any given election cycle, there is some lip-service paid to the plight of the downtrodden by perennial and first time candidates looking for a “job-for-life.” But the commitments made during eloquent speeches and fiery responses at candidates’ forums often fade from existence only seconds after the winner is sworn-in. This is unfortunate on many levels, but perhaps most intensely because of what broken promises can do to the human spirit.
 
And what of the well-to-do and their interactions, or lack thereof, with the city’s “less fortunate? Some would suggest that there is no meaningful exchange between these groups. By avoiding contact, or ignoring the poor, the rich can simply pretend there’s no problem. This is not an unusual tactic. In fact, when dealing with difference and disparity a most common response is not to deal.
 
Another approach, and one often employed by those of some means, is to blame the victim or the “establishment.” The irony regarding the blamer is that many of those who use this defense to absolve themselves of any responsibility for their fellow human beings are indeed very much a part of the establishment by way of campaign contributions, influence over decision makers and so on—except on those occasions when it’s politically or economically beneficial for them to cast themselves as outsiders.
 
If we, “humans,” are in fact the most evolved species on earth one has to wonder whether there is not some part of our Psyche/Spirit/Consciousness that we’re not yet accessing that would prevent us from disconnecting from, and committing all kinds of unreasonable and unjustifiable crimes against, one another. This line of thinking/questioning has to be seriously considered when we look closely at the vastly different lives and conditions of the various constituencies that make up the population of the District of Columbia (or for that matter the world).
 
Because the lines of demarcation between the poor and the wealthy are more than bold—they are indeed often palpable—many, according to the supposed levels of care, concern, intellectual prowess and character the human being is believed to have, would find blatant disregard of one human being’s troubles by another, at least shocking, or at worst, inhumane. But this is many times the case. And we see and ignore these troubles every time we read a report that notes that the unemployment rate in Ward 8 is the highest in the country, or that DC’s HIV infection rate has reached epidemic proportion, or that low test scores are among, if not, the highest in the country.
 
The division among the city’s residents is so pronounced that Mayor Gray has called for the city to unite and function as “One City.” But surely something in our intellectual ability as human beings alerts us that the mayor’s call for oneness can only come to fruition if enough of us (and studies suggest that this is not a huge number of people) reject the business, political and social shenanigans of the past that have produced only troublesome circumstances and disparities. It’s likely time for as many of us as possible who count ourselves among the good to turn inward to that part of our individual and collective consciousness’ to explore how we might better care for one another and move in a kind of oneness toward a more peaceful and fulfilling existence for everyone. Many people believe that such a shift is not only possible, but Divinely ordered.
 
We have the free will to change our behavior and to fix the system we’ve created and allowed, as if right out of a bad sci-fi or horror movie, to rob us of feelings and instincts that would cause us to interact from places of deep respect and genuine concern for one another. The fact is that we must find the connection that binds us and that will allow us: rich or poor, Black or White, straight or gay, to spontaneously take the action(s) that most benefits the whole. Like the flock of birds, we must become so connected that lengthy debate of any kind is neither needed nor accepted—we must simply move in unison, as one, toward the greater good for all concerned.

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