Beach Walk 80 – Us and Them

Swim first, talk second, about an old persistent issue.

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It is a deeply ingrained habit for humans to divide into groups of us and them. We can laugh when Bush does it (rather comically I find) but that sort of division is incredibly pervasive. It’s hard being an outsider. It’s fun wanting people to share what I believe or value. But who hasn’t been caught up at various times feeling bad at being on the losing team, the minority, the odd man out … why the slogans just go on and on!

Maybe now in this information age it will be easier to tolerate differences without being threatened by them or needing to sweep them all away.

Hawaiian words
Kanaka ʻē: outsider

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  1. I think one of your coffee mugs says it very well:

    “When you divide people into us and them, you automatically become one of them.”
    — Solomon Short

  2. The vlogosphere does provide an interesting space for discussion about and exposure to differences. Recently, WE ARE THE MEDIA posted a summary of “Isms” Brouhaha in the Vlogosphere. The topic was a recent conflict concerning feminism, women, “white men” and lack of minority voice in the vlogosphere. This discussion provided an interesting example of this potential for exchange. I would hope that through discussions like these compassion for both sides and tolerance can began to grow. Although, it seems that this is not always a comfortable process and people seem to have gotten upset and become polarized.

  3. Sounds like a deep mug