*holding Willie Lynch's School Edition Manual* "Hello, Oppressed Black Students. My name is Oppressed Black Teacher. This is the first day of class and though we are all oppressed and need to find ways to look beyond our differences in religion/spirituality, we wlll not. In fact, when I call the name of your religion or system of spiritual beliefs that most suits you, you are to report to your designated corners. Are we ready?
Oppressed Black Christian Students .... North Corner
Oppressed Black Muslim Students .... South Corner
Oppressed Black ATR Students ..... East Corner
Oppressed Black No-Particular Religion/Formal Set of Spiritual Beliefs -Having Students .... West Corner
Okay, now that we are in our groups, get very well acquainted with your group members; this is your permament corner UNLESS you change your religion/spiritual beliefs (which, in the event, you should contact me immediately so that I can update my roster and put you in the appropiate corner) OR unless the rules in the manual are changed (or perhaps maybe even your perceptions, but I won't go into that too much, because I "do" have a cirriculum to adhere to and goodness knows I cannot afford to lose my job...)
Mmkay... First assignment. Speak amongst yourselves about what should be done about our oppression, but only with those who share similar religious/spiritual beliefs, because I do not want contests over whose God/belief is better, ESPECIALLY on the first day, mmkay? Tomorrow we will break up in our groups and discuss the reasons that we as a people are so divided and the things that we believe and do that help to keep us divided. "
Seriously, we (and not just in regards to this forum, but this forum IS a microcosm) do not seem too far behind this. It is apparent that we are just not all going to hold the same religious/spiritual beliefs, but are we to continue to allow this to put ourselves (consciously or otherwise) in corners? If not, what are we going to do about it. I will start with one thing we can do about it and this is:
Not taking the fact that other people have beliefs/opinions outside of those of our own so personally.