We have no control over our birth. We have no input as to our nationality or race. We have no opportunity to put in a bid on which parents will be ours. We just appear in this world with zero choice in the matter.
I for one am glad I was not born in a Spanish-speaking country. During my first four semesters of college I took Spanish four times. The best grade I received in those courses was a ‘D-’ and I only got that grade one time. If I had been born in a Spanish-speaking country I would never have been able to talk to anyone! Really?
In the spirit of full disclosure, I must to tell you that I spent more time studying in the bars around the campus than I spent in classrooms on campus those two years. You could say I was not a model student. Probably that is the reason I ended up in the Navy after four semesters of bar hopping. (that’s me looking at the camera in Combat Information Center on the USS Fortify)
I didn’t have to be a drunk, however. Choosing how to spend my time was something I had control over. It took a few years, but I finally figured out this truth.
After four years in the Navy college was given a second chance. (I’m second from right in the back in this track team photo) In the five semesters after the Navy the lowest grade I received was a ‘B-’ and I only got that grade one time (In Biology). I can change my priorities and attitude. I can’t change my birth assignment.
We have no influence over our birth. It stands to reason that we should treat everyone with the understanding that they had no influence over their birth either.
How silly is it to say all undocumented immigrants should be rounded up and deported because some undocumented immigrants have committed a crime? Those people had no control over their birth anymore than I had input in my birth.
Here is my answer to the above situation. I agree that all undocumented immigrants should be rounded up and deported because some undocumented immigrants have committed a crime on one condition. Before deporting all undocumented immigrants all natural-born citizens should be rounded up and deported because some natural-born citizens have committed a crime.
That doesn’t make sense does it? When we lump all people of the same race, or ethnicity, or country of origin, or religion together that is what is known as prejudice. We have no control over our birth. None of us has the right to point accusing fingers at others due to their birth situation.
We have zero say in our birth. We can, however, control how we treat each other. Let’s take some control over our thinking and realize we are all in this together. Take some control over your attitude and see each person as a unique and beautiful gift from the Eternal Creator.
See you next time.