It is difficult for the friends always to remember that in matter[s] where race enters, a hundred times more consideration and wisdom in handling situations is necessary than when an issue is not complicated by this factor. (Shoghi Effendi, Pupil of the Eye, p. 87)
A lot of my friends have been participating in protests or changing their Facebook pages to honor the death of George Floyd and other black and indigenous people killed unjustly. A lot of people are posting articles and videos, libraries are posting books to read. Some are suggesting that if you don’t take action and speak up, you’re part of the problem. I haven’t felt inspired to do any of these things and the more guilt-inducing messages I read, the less I want to. Yesterday I saw a post on Facebook – I don’t know who to attribute it to – which said exactly what is in my heart:
Some of us are quiet because we don’t know what to say. Some of us are quiet because we recognize our lack of understanding. Some of us are mourning, as you mourn. Some of us are listening with our hearts, and intentionally keeping our mouths closed. Some of us are sincerely pondering what we’re hearing and seeing. Some of us value your actual experience more than our own priviledged perspective. Some of us are searching our own hearts. Please don’t mistake our quietness for apathy.
This is a complex problem which effects all of us on the path to oneness. Bahá’ís have the spiritual solution, and we’re learning how to implement it. I’m grateful to learn more about my white priviledge, steeped as I am in it and unable to see it on my own. I like knowing that a hundred times more consideration and wisdom in handling situations is necessary, because with God’s help, and little by little, day by day, I’ll do my part in tearing these walls down in my own life.
Knowing there are many ways to make a difference, and that I can find my own, I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
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