The Same Stuff // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

We’re all made out of the same stuff. “Why can’t we all just get along?”

Rodney King raised this question, after being beaten by Los Angeles Police in 1991.
The riots, which erupted within the next few months, left our entire nation wondering
how things could have gone so wrong. Although King is hardly a stellar example of
moral character and conduct, his question deserves an answer.

Why do people fight so much? Why do we polarize and blame each other? What causes
the strife and pain we experience? A brief overview of the articles in any newspaper
reveals the dark side of our human nature. Conflict and division play a major role in our
society.

“Why can’t we all just get along?”

I think I came close to the answer when I visited the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem a
few months ago. I toured the exhibits with Dr. Benjamin, an Africal American pastor
from Detroit. The horrible images of torture and death left a lasting impression on me.
“How could people do this to each other?” I wondered aloud. Dr. Benjamin replied,
“That’s what happens when we forget we’re all made out of the same stuff.”

Nobody on God’s earth is better than anybody else–No one has the right to look down
on others. We’re all made out of the same stuff.

Misunderstanding causes mistrust.
Mistrust causes mistreatment.

An old folk song says it this way: “Walk a mile in my shoes. Before you accuse,
criticize and abuse–Walk a mile in my shoes.”

A good dose of understanding will go a long way in bringing relational healing. Prejudice
reveals a lack of knowledge. It’s easy to hate the people you don’t really know. As
Yoda, the wise Star Wars guru, said, “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate
leads to suffering.”

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. We’re all made out of the same stuff.

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