Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Percy Qushun & Co. - An Equal Opportunity Employer

    

    
    Who the heck is Percy Qushun, you ask?  Better question to ask is what is Percy Qushun, or rather, persecution?  Ha!  Yes, I tricked you!  ...Maybe... I don't know... Perhaps I haven't tricked you at all.  But never-the-less, you're still here and hopefully still reading.  This blog is going to be a doozy.  It's not necessarily a rant, but more like feeling the need to point out something that ought to be fairly obvious, but sadly is not, and then following through with that need in the form of this blog posting.
    In all seriousness, this entire world is in great need of a revival.  Not necessarily a religious or spiritual revival (although that probably would help - "Demon be gone!" *whack*  "I'll get that demon out of you yet!" *whack*), but at the very least a moral and ethical revival.  I think we're all (including myself) are experiencing a sort of Lord-forgive-them-for-they-know-not-what-they-do phase.  We seem to be saying and doing things without thinking and without realizing how it's going to affect us down the road and how it's going to effect those around us more often than ever.  Why?  Maybe we've become too full of ourselves in a world that's "me, me, me!"  Maybe we're not as emphatic as we used to be.  Maybe we're not as thoughtful as we used to be or maybe we're think too much into things.  Whatever the reason(s) may be, it's coming to a point where something is going to give and something is going to change.  And in all likely hood, I wouldn't be surprised if things ended up very, very badly...  Well, that is, if nothing is done about it, of course!
    One of the biggest problems that we have is that of persecution.  Just as love has it's many different "languages" so does hate, and persecution is a "language" of hate.  For those of you who may not know what persecution exactly is, the Wikipedia article on the term describes it as such: 

"Persecution is the systematic mistreatment of an individual or group 
by another individual or group. The most common forms are religious persecution
ethnic persecution and political persecutionthough there is naturally some 
overlap between these terms.  The inflicting of suffering, harassmentisolationimprisonmentinternmentfear, 
or pain are all factors that may establish persecution.  Even so, not all suffering 
will necessarily establish persecution.  The suffering experienced by the victim must 
be sufficiently severe.  The threshold level of severity has been a source of much debate."


    That is a very heavily loaded description!  And towards the end of the article it goes on to talk about the lesser known forms of persecution based on genetics, sexual identity, and military service.  What I learned from this, is that "haters gonna hate" no mater who you are or what you do!  That's pretty messed up if you ask me.  However it does open the door for us to be able to understand each other better if we do experience some form of persecution.  It also gives us an opportunity to reach out, help, and raise awareness.

"Hey, that person/group over there hates you?  
Well, this other person/group over here hates me too.  So, I feel ya."  


"I've been bullied before and it's not fun.  So why would I do that to others?"

"Wow, this person/group brags about being all for equality, understanding, love, and acceptance and yet their actions and words at this moment say otherwise..."

    If these sound familiar, then you must be part of the group know as humans. Congratulations, you are part of both the greatest and the most awful species planet Earth has ever known.  You are not immune, you are not above.  You are just like me and everyone else, subject to both hate and love.

You're religious?  Someone hates you.  ....At the same time, someone loves you.
You're non-religious?  Someone hates you.  ....At the same time, someone loves you.
You're a man?  Someone hates you.  ....At the same time, someone loves you.
You're a woman?  Someone hates you.  ....At the same time, someone loves you.
You're gay?  Someone hates you.  ....At the same time, someone loves you.
You're straight?  Someone hates you.  ....At the same time, someone loves you.
You're black?  Someone hates you.  ....At the same time, someone loves you.
You're white?  Someone hates you.  ....At the same time, someone loves you.
You're American?  Someone hates you.  ....At the same time, someone loves you.
You're not from America?  Someone hates you.  ....At the same time, someone loves you.
You're a mutant?  Someone hates you.  ....At the same time, someone loves you.
You're not a mutant?  Someone hates you.  ....At the same time, someone loves you.
You're in the military?  Someone hates you.  ....At the same time, someone loves you.
You're not in the military?  Someone hates you.  ....At the same time, someone loves you.
If you are ANYTHING...
Someone hates you with every dark ounce of their being.
...But at the same time, someone loves you with all the brightness of their heart.

    If you want the hate to stop, you got to start the process... Yes, process, as it will take time.  Every process needs time in order to produce results and stopping the hate is no different.  If you want to stop the hate, then don't spread it around.  If you don't want to be persecuted, then not persecuting to begin with will help a lot.  Be there and support someone who is being hated and/or persecuted unjustly.  Stand up for someone who is being treated unfairly.  Do not make a snide comment if someone claims they are being persecuted - you're snide comment is just that, a form of persecution.  Please don't do that, you're not helping the overall situation.  And don't support someone who does it either.  That is no better than doing it yourself.  Support each other in this process, correct each other with kindness and understanding, because it will be a lengthy struggle to overcome.  Persecution and hatred are equal opportunity employers, don't let yourself get hired on...

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