Who is the "Other"

The fundamental principle of inclusivity is that we are all connected. We may look different, worship different, sound different, believe this differently. You get the picture. These so called differences do not change the fundamental fact that we are all connected. This is the 1st and 2nd Unity principles. There is only God and we, humans along with the rest of creation, are part of God, even though we just don't always express. The core teaching is oneness. Oneness is foundational and inextricably links us together.

        The question I have be reflecting on then is who are the people we call "others"? The other is anyone you see as separate. The other is anyone you judge and see as less then whole. The other is the one you would condemn as you judge and persecute them. It has been a long held political strategy throughout the ages to set other people up as the "other." The "other" is seen as less then, or inferior, or in many cases as less then human. But, that is to easy to point at someone else and judge them for their behavior. In our self-righteous proclamations we turn the ones we are judging into the "other' and so it continues. 

       This work of practicing inclusivity has me reflecting on my own life and how often I judge and turn others into the "other." Not a pretty picture some days and I judge myself harshly for not being better, different, spiritual enough. Then I realize I am doing the same thing to me. I am becoming the "other" by judging and making myself less then. Sometimes this stuff makes my head hurt. I have realized, and Shariff writes this, it is not about perfection but a willingness to stretch and notice. Some of my judgments are harder to let go of then others but I am willing to be changed at depth.