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  •  A beautiful, well written and presented piece (8+ / 0-)

    as always, NL.  Very insightful and thought provoking.  And no, as much as any of us wish to think we know what another has gone through in any difficult experience unless we are them we do not know.  And that can be applied to any situation.  I can relate to people with whom I have had similar experiences, and I can also feel great caring and compassion for experiences that I have not personally had, but I cannot feel exactly what another has felt.  

    Having been sexually abused as a child, I can certainly feel some great comity with those who have had that awful experience. . .but where I was emotionally and psychologically during that experience may be vastly different from my sister or brother who had such an experience.

    We are each of us individuals and have our own perspectives of everything.  None of us see anything exactly alike.

    It would be grand if we could all be openly loving and aware as we reach out to understand each other and move on from this ridiculous and harmful concept of "them" or "THE OTHER."  It has played a very derisive and damaging role in societal constructs for thousands upon thousands of years.  I continue to hold out hope that we will all grow up someday and become beings of true concern and open-heartedness towards all others.

    Hugs
    Shirl

    *the blogger formerly known as shirlstars

    by Shirl In Idaho on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 10:30:42 AM PDT

    •  Thanks so much Shirl!!!!!! (3+ / 0-)

      I was thinking alot about all of that as I wrote this. It applies way beyond racism or any other "ism." We are so quick to judge and assume we understand when life is amazingly complex. That's part of what makes it so interesting!

      Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it is important that you do it. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by NLinStPaul on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 10:42:33 AM PDT

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