This past week, Justin Trudeau took a knee at a BLM rally and stated that systemic racism exists throughout Canadian establishments. At best, he revealed his open and caring nature. At worst, he pandered to his electorate base in a series of calculated actions designed to solidify liberal votes.
In reality, he did what most people do when using influence. He differentiated human beings based on labels. What is our societal infatuation with focusing on our differences instead of our commonalities? Babies are not racist. This is not an issue of genetics. Society teaches us to discriminate. We celebrate our individuality, join safe peer groups, and create labels for the purpose of differentiation. It all seems innocent enough until it isn’t.
From Party Politics to junior high school hallways, we unwittingly foster a society of divisiveness. Psychologists tell us that concepts like multiculturalism and diversity training often work against their good intentions by creating silos based on labels. If there is any validity to the suggestion that our best intentions are taking us further away from what we want, then we need to talk about it openly and objectively.
I recently released a novel on Amazon called, For a Daughter’s Love. It is an intriguing story of a fractured relationship between a young woman and her father. I refer to is as Purposeful Fiction, because the storyline is designed to allow the reader to investigate their thoughts and feelings about who they are as people and how they fit into society. The book also reveals a possible future of positivity and connectedness and how we could make it a reality.
If you are tired of feeling alone and disconnected or merely want to feel even better about yourself, please read my book and see your world from a more positive point of view.
Let’s begin a conversation of positivity from one person to another and another and another, for the sake of our individual and collective Humanity. Tell us what you believe it means to be human because that is our one true commonality.