LEARNING YOUR NEIGHBOR


WHO IS YOUR NEIGHBOR?

Who is your neighbor? Well, you say, “He’s the guy next door or down the street?” That is not how this article defines “neighbor.” Your neighbor is not the guy next door, nor is he a person black, white, red or yellow, rich or poor, straight or gay, male or female. He is every person who treats another as he wishes to be treated, or loves as he would like to be loved. If you do not believe in doing that, you are not a neighbor.

HOW DO YOU LEARN YOUR NEIGHBOR?

When the world says a person is “less than” because of his color, race, sex, religion, sexual orientation and social status, you can decide if that is true or a lie; you can seek to learn who that person really is and stop “lumping” people together based on those descriptions; stop using the stereotypes of centuries this culture measures an individual’s worth by; stop letting hatred and anger based on cultural lies to make decisions for you, and most of all , develop a moral fiber that equates with treating people the way you wish to be treated. Let that be the first yardstick.

If you are discriminated against because of any of those descriptions, you can seek to understand why that person feels the way he does. Talking with people using honesty and sincerity, can open the door to discovering more about your neighbor.

A woman applied for a teaching position in a district in Texas. Her application was accepted and an interview set-up. When she walked through the door, the receptionist greeted her with surprise and wonderment. After explaining why she was there, she was quickly told, “I’ll get the superintendent.” When he walked out of his office, he seemed surprised to see a black person there for the interview. Quickly and with much discomfort, he said, “The position has been filled.” Everybody knew that was a lie! The woman carried resentment around for many months until she chose to claim them as her neighbor. How did she do that? She focused on divine law which says, “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” and recognized that the only true Self, is God. She rationalized that if she loved God, she had to love everyone he created. Those racist individuals were not his creation, she did not have to love them, but she could love the opposite of what she saw, and learn more of what made them her neighbor. As she did that, the anger and resentment left her thought.

LOVING WHO I AM ALLOWS ME TO LOVE MY NEIGHBOR

Yes . . . unconditional love is like the sun . . . it shines on everyone. There is no judgment, no comparison, no evaluation. It says, “If you walk on the earth, I will let my light shine on you.” Love, emanating from divine Love, loves without conditions. It does not say, “If your skin is black, I love you less,” or if you are poor, I will love you today, but have to think about it tomorrow.”

As I watched various images appear on the TV screen, I saw people of all races. Unexpectedly, I heard myself say, “I love being black! We are beautiful people, and have an outlook on life that places God at the helm.” This does not mean we always serve him as needed, it means for the most part, recognizing that he governs, no matter what the situation. It is difficult to understand how people hate someone, teach their kids to hate someone they do not know. Yet, this thinking is very prevalent in America and around the world.

In Michigan, a young white male terrorized a black family just because they were black. How does a mind do that? They did not know him, nor he them, he hated them just because they were black. How could the police officer choke the life out of George Floyd, when he would never have done the same thing to a white person? These are human behaviors that a sane mind finds difficult to comprehend!

ARE YOU A NEIGHBOR?

Many of you will read this article and not give the ideas discussed further thought, however, some will ponder them and analyze their own thought. That means the intended work is done. Become the defendant, and be your own judge and jury. How do find yourself? Innocent of guilty?