We have heard an adequate amount of talk about Boston, yet the story continues to seep out. The flood is over but there are some who seek to prolong the disaster. There has even been talk about reconsidering the path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The chief message being, ‘They don’t belong around us.’ It is the dehumanizing of innocent people, by labeling them as terrorists.
As humans, it is essential that we belong to each other. We need friends and relatives, and others who share our philosophy of life. We need to be connected to our world. Belonging is aboriginal, indispensable to our significance, serenity and security. It is an emotional control of the ultimate magnitude, intricately linked to all the visions with which we distinguish ourselves.
Disdain and ill repute can injure feelings of well-being, and even academic accomplishments. It can even affect one’s physical condition.
Exclusion can effortlessly destabilize happiness and self-control. In countless cases there are individuals who exploit the bible to bludgeon others and deem them unacceptable. There are numerous instances in the bible where that is true, but in America we are one country. Not one person is driven to rush into the public describing themselves as “unclean” . The fact is America is a country of immigrants, so we exhibit our own particular customs. However, we are in one country and it is essential that feel like we ‘belong’ to America. Therefore using the bible as an object for isolation is meaningless.
This is what the bible says. “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18) Consequently, the need to belong was authenticated even then. Nevertheless, the matter of religious prejudice remains trenchant, particularly for Muslims. A recent Gallup Poll showed the following;
” In U.S., “Religious Prejudice Stronger Against Muslims
43% of Americans admit to feeling some prejudice toward followers of Islam
Analysis by the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies
WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 4 in 10 Americans (43%) admit to feeling at least “a little” prejudice toward Muslims — more than twice the number who say the same about Christians (18%), Jews (15%) and Buddhists (14%). The findings are based on a new Gallup Center for Muslim Studies report, “Religious Perceptions in America: http://www.gallup.com/poll/125312/religious-prejudice-stronger-against-muslims.aspx 0
Subsequent to The Boston Marathon Bombing, which should be relevant to only two people, there is currently a witch-hunt for all Muslims. This includes American Muslims. If we are truthful, it will be attained that this crime is an opportunity to launch other-isms, for the many that would do so in any event. The argument will be made in a multitude of ways that Muslims are separate. They are ‘other’ than we, who are real Americans. There goes the sense of belonging. If life is to display its distinctness, those who have been other-ized must seek a place of belonging, even if it is Al-Qaida. It is the same concept that creates gangs.
” The lure of the street gang spans generations – and likewise their lust for weapons. Teenage gangs are nothing new, but the desire to “belong”, to have a visible identity, may be stronger today because of unemployment, poverty and increasing racism.”
Racism is the belief that race governs a man’s qualities. By labeling people because of their skin color, people are trained in revulsion, loathing and immeasurable animosity. Indeed, the effect of rejection is soon made evident. People will belong to a church, or another organization, but they will find a place to belong. It may not matter what the cost. With some street gangs the person that needs to belong must kill someone as an initiation to join. To belong is vital.
“Bully leaders are often admired because of a superior trait. Some bullies are very attractive, some are very athletic, and some are very social. Bullies gain power by the amount of followers. The more that follow the more power he has to yield”.
It should be stated however, that bullies and gang leaders are in a non-stop campaign to recruit those who are ‘rejected’. Once you see it as a campaign, then you can see that the other organization will be telling the recruit why they can improve their lives. They too can be attractive and respected! Of course we know that is not true, but the rejected person wants to believe it, only to belong.
We must ask ourselves; Are the extreme otherism’s that we display daily, perhaps the cause of such intense anger? Any gambling man would wager that the answer is yes.