Today’s post was inspired by the re-election of Obama, my desire to do something different and the frustration with tunnel vision, even while living in a modern society.
As far as doing something new, I’m going to start playing around with video as a way to better connect with my audience (you guys). I’m at a point at my life where I really want to give, like, give more than I could ever imagine. That means sharing whatever will inspire you regardless of if it’s taboo or politically correct.
I’m still going to be talking about entrepreneurship, partnerships, branding and marketing, but I’m going to be a bit bolder and more creative in what specifically I share and how.
Somedays it might be a piece of art that I share that is utterly breathtaking. Or a quote that invites you to reflect.
Or something the general public views as ugly and I invite you to consider the opposite.
The more I see the world as a work of art, the more intrigued I am with playing with the colors, images and storyline.
This was the first video I created and admittedly, I wish the quality was better. But, with a focus on shipping, I’m putting it out there to gain momentum. Moving forward, the quality will be improved.
It’s inspiration was two-fold:
Commentary from some women while at jury duty and the hostile attitude from a pedestrian on the train (that I talk about in the video).
Today’s main question is why does race matter? What are we holding onto and thus preventing ourselves from really seeing?
I find the concept of race to be fascinating. Here in the USA, there is no clear distrinction between race and ethnicity. If you’ve ever filled out any government form, you may find yourself as confused as me when the category for race says “HISPANIC/MIDDLE EASTERN” (what?)?
In Latin America, you can be both black and Cuban for example– black refers more to the color of your skin and Cuban to your cultural origin. But in the USA black, white, and blue all act as both ethnicities and a race.
Even with a black President in office, race relations are strained in the USA with a large degree of misunderstanding on all ends of the fence, because there aren’t just two sides, but endless “sides”. Having lived on various ends of the fence, I see one strong commonality between everyone: people fear the “other side”. They fear their inability to communicate or relate effectively, they fear being made fun of and they fear not knowing what to do when their potentially irrational judgements arise. Growing up, I actively saw friends trying not to “act racist”.
While it is true that racism and many other isms still exist, what I encourage you to do today is ask yourself why sides matter?
Sides appear in many forms: religion, race, political affiliation, dietary habits, etc.
Humans find countless ways to slice and dice the human population to determine who is on their team or not. The result is a lot of anger, finger-pointing and division. And as Lincoln so beautifully and wisely stated not too long ago, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
Today I speak to not only the division of a nation, but of the human spirit. Division amidst what is inherently a sole unity is insanity. A human body cannot sever itself and then walk down the street. The human race therefore cannot sever itself and then move into the future prosperously.
It doesn’t work.
There is real pain attached to the concept of race: anger, confusion, bewilderment. Discrimination exists and division is at the root of all discrimination.
But today I’m asking you to see where you find yourself with anger towards someone for how they look or where they came from and without blaming yourself (or them), ask yourself if that opinion still serves you?
My bet is that it doesn’t.
I’ve had people dislike me because I was white and others dislike me because I was hispanic and it used to really bother me. For a long time I was lost in a world where I was never enough of either to ever feel at home. And then one day I realized it didn’t matter.
We are so much greater than our minds could ever conceive. And to remember that is to unify and thus end discrimination. Discrimination against our fellow man, against our ourselves and against the future we hope to create.
But what do you think? What speaks to you the most about this idea? And where do you think your anger or frustration is holding you back in business?
Post your comments below. I read them all.
Enjoy the video.