This is a topic which has affected many if not all people in their lives - prejudice. Colour, religion, country, culture, gender biases have existed for far too long! It's time to recognize every soul, human or animal has a spirit. This, all the indigenous people have recognized, means more respect for all life in all forms. But every culture has its own biases towards another culture. Everyone should get this. YOU ARE ALL HUMAN! As Shakespeare once said, "Do I not bleed when cut?" Everyone is the same. Only appearance is different. This is a time to celebrate the wonderful differences.
What you hate, you become, not just with attitude, but try your next life! Hate brown people, red people, white, black people, fat people, thin people, gays, and guess what you will become next? Hate a specific religious group? Guess where you will be in your next life? There is evidence all over the world about reincarnation. How can you hate who you are? When you hate another, you hate yourself because you have either had a life already as such a hated person or will be one in another life.
We ALL have souls and are all connected. This is insane to NOT just accept others based on their good hearts - not looks, not language, not country, not gender. Be generous with your openness. All beings crave love, they want and need love to live and be happy. Hate puts up walls and creates wars. Haven't you had enough?
Accept the person in front of you as being you. John Lennon had it right, "I am you and you are me...." So true. Everyone shares a spirit energy.
Children brought up to be closed, arrogant, demanding, and ungenerous can have huge problems. Being open and understanding can go a long way. Trusting your instincts will sharpen them, then use it to feel good energy or bad energy. Trusting that will open you up. A racist or prejudiced person is not happy, maybe moments, but not fully. Having resentment, judgements and racism does not make a happy person. Why do so many need to feel superior? Being biased about culture, gender, religion or colour really tells the world how blocked, closed and unhappy you are!
Want to be happy? Begin sending love to everyone (especially those you dislike). Dance often, sing every day and laugh all the time. It may be not always good to laugh out loud, but always notice the humour in every situation. Enjoy life!!!
My Dad used to go out after work sometimes with his co-workers. He really lost a lot of respect for people who were cheap. Sometimes these guys would leave the table when they knew the bill was coming, always the same cheap guys.
I worked in a few bars and hotels in Toronto during the seventies. When someone walked in, I could feel if they were tippers. Any group of guys would take turns buying rounds, but the cheap guys would go the washroom when it was their turn to ante up.
When I got to the table to collect, the men would say, "Hey where's Joe or John?" or whoever. Someone would say that Joe was watering a horse and the other guys would start to dig in their pockets. I would stop them and ask if Joe did this a lot. If there were all nods, I just smiled and said, "I will return!"
When Joe returned, I would walk up to him, tell him what the tab was and wait. The rest of the table would be laughing, sometimes out loud and sometimes stifling the laughter as Joe began turning his pockets out to pay the bill. If Joe didn't tip, the rest of the group hounded him until he reluctantly forked over a tip. I did this quite a few times when I encountered cheapskates. I bet Joe thought no one noticed why he always left.
People who are never generous with money, are rarely generous with anyone at any level. I am not talking about poor students or financially strapped souls. There are also some generous people who have strings attached, so maybe not so generous. Some good hearted people never believe in lending, yet feel guilty when they don't. Someone told them to never lend, it makes enemies out of friends, but depending on what it is, a lack of generosity can make enemies too. Lack of generosity can make enemies out of anyone, never mind if it's money, a second chance, a helping hand or a judgement of some sort...
Going away from the heart really causes problems, short and long run. So stay with the heart. Say no when you feel it in your heart, not your mind - don't get logical. If you know you're going to kick yourself after, don't do it. Don't get taken advantage (and you can always feel that), your heart won't let you, your head will.
I worked as a family support worker for years in Edmonton. Most of my clients were poor and lived in poor areas. There were times I locked myself out of my car, had a flat tire, or had trouble starting my car - help always arrived within minutes. Sometimes a client, but often a stranger would stop and offer help, accept no money, fix my problem and saunter away. I would rather get stuck in a poor area anytime. They were always so polite too. I know that if I had been stuck in a rich area, I would still be waiting!
Follow your heart...