May 25th, 2018

Group Reading

Let me be me, or let me be.

One- We are all equal in the fact that we are all different.
All- We are all the same in the fact that we will never be the same.
One- We are united by the reality that all colours and all cultures are distinct and individual. All- We are harmonious in the reality that we are all held to this earth by the same gravity. One- We don’t share blood, but we share the air that keeps us alive.
All- I will not blind myself and say that my black brother is not different from me.
One- I will not blind myself and say that my brown sister is not different from me.
All- But my black brother is he as much as I am me.
One- And my brown sister is she as much as I am me. ~ C JoyBell C

Quotes & Readings

“Equality of opportunity is not enough. Unless we create an environment where everyone is guaranteed some minimum

capabilities through some guarantee of minimum income, education, and healthcare, we cannot say that we have fair

competition. When some people have to run a 100 metre race with sandbags on their legs, the fact that no one is

allowed to have a head start does not make the race fair. Equality of opportunity is absolutely necessary but not

sufficient in building a genuinely fair and efficient society.”

~ Ha-Joon Chang

“Of all things unacceptable to the human psyche, the notion of difference may well be among the most threatening. We learn sameness very early in life and find it hard to stray too far from its boundaries, however old we get, however much we think we’ve moved away from such thinking as time goes on. Sameness becomes a kind of security blanket that wraps us up in the warm feeling of being acceptable to the groups with which we identify and whose approval we seek. If we don’t stand out, we can’t be criticized. We are safe because we are just like everybody else. To be socially acceptable we have allowed ourselves to become socially invisible. It is an effective technique, a kind of chameleon approach to life, but it is neither psychologically mature nor spiritually healthy. It is in our respect for the differences of others that we grow. “Sameness,” Petrarch wrote, “is the mother of disgust; variety the cure.”…

Differences are a challenge to our small assumptions about the way the world really goes together. An American world, a white world, a male world, a Western world are all simply small slices of reality attempting to be the whole. Only respect for the Muslim veil, the Chinese smile, the African tribe, the South American campesino can stretch us beyond ourselves, beyond a political imperialism that sets out to corrupt whole peoples in the name of globalization and, in the end, deprives us of the richness of the world community. But that is the glorious burden of real Christianity: to follow the one who talked to Samaritan women and Roman soldiers, all the time allowing them to be who they were. Clearly, differences were not made to be homogenized; differences were made to be respected, to be honored, to be cherished….” ~ Joan Chittister

Seed of Respect

““Fairness does not mean everyone gets the same. Fairness means everyone gets what they need.” ~ Rick Riordan

Say together: I respect diversity and seek equality that honours difference.


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