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#BehindTheScenes 29 - Personal Philosophy

I cannot believe that it is March already. I am still wondering where the year has gone already. With spring coming, I've had to rethink things. One of them is part of this edition of #BehindTheScenes. It is about my personal philosophy.

I used to tell people that I will respect you if you respect me, no matter what. At this point, in my mid-thirties, it goes deeper than that. There is the kindness, empathy and compassion you show to others. It is seeing their plights and not feeling threatened. It is standing with those same people and saying that the treatment they are receiving is wrong.

In this world we live in, we all have different philosophies and experiences. I am not here to pick them apart or tell what is right or wrong. As long as there is no hatred or oppression, that door should always be open. As many religions have stated, we must be kind to others, in the same way we are kind to ourselves. Love thy neighbor.

There is a bumper sticker that I remember my father had on his VW, when I was little: "Nobody is free when others are oppressed." I asked him what it meant. He told me that we might have the freedom to do this and that, but there is always somebody else who does not. We are supposed to live in harmony and unity, by just laws, and the world continues to live under corruption.

This was in the 1990's. The Cold War had ended less than a decade ago. We were beginning to open our eyes to the plight of those who screamed in the previous decades. Only, we were beginning to grow in acceptance.

Nobody is free when others are oppressed.

Remember that when someone claims to be taking something away...and you still have it while others do not.

Namaste, everyone! Have a great week!

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