A very popular YouTube video is going viral and making a very good point about labels. It is called, “I am not black and you are not white.”
The message of the video is that the ways in which humanity separates and labels itself is the root of the problem when it comes to discrimination and mistrust. It tells that labels are a learned condition because no one is born believing that they are black or white. All young children play together and the color of their skin is not a condition to group together in fun. The video explains it in the simplest terms by using a car as an example. It calls for everyone to know who they are deep inside, beyond the societal label of color, race, religion or creed.
Hatred has always been a learned condition.
Is it a base desire of humanity to have someone to feel superior to and subjugate?
Is it a feeling of inferiority that drives some to find a way to put themselves above others?
Does stepping on someone’s neck make some feel taller and more in charge?
Every human being has the desire to feel special, some more than others. Some need to demand special attention or privilege in order to get that feeling that they are somehow different than the mainstream human.
Today’s society is deeply divided and that creates a multiple set of problems, many of the problems violent, many controversial and others a reason to call names and feel superior to those one is defaming.
How about when society works together, thinks and acts as one? Sounds good, but it also brings another specific set of problems.
The city of Babylon was said to be founded by Nimrod, great grandson of Noah, son of Cush.
In Genesis 10: 8-12, Nimrod is named as a “mighty one,” and “mighty hunter before God.”
The name “Nimrod” comes from the Hebrew word, Nimrodh, which translates to “Let us revolt.”
He wasn’t a hunter in the tradition of hunting animals for sustenance, he was a hunter of men, capturing and enslaving his neighbors with his power.
He was able to unite his followers in a quest to be the same as God, to travel to the heavens and sit at the hand of God, being like Him.
The people united to build a tower. A tower high enough to reach God.
This was disturbing to God. It was presumptive and heretical.
As the story goes, God confounded their languages in order to divide them, to break their unity and cause confusion. Hence the term, “babble” comes from the Tower of Babel.
If unity is bad and division is bad, what hope does society have for redemption?
Matthew 8:29 relates a conversation between Jesus and Peter. Jesus asks Peter who the world says he might be. Peter answers with popular speculations, such as Elijah, John the Baptist or one of the old prophets. Jesus presses Peter to tell him who he thinks he is. Peter answers that he believes He is the Christ, the Messiah.
This conversation between Peter and Jesus Christ is a lesson in personal perception, and verification of the above mentioned video. Human beings are not to be categorized by the world. This is just someone else’s point of view. Society cannot continue to accept labels as proof of identity.
Every person must press the subject from within to know the who, what and why of each existence. To disallow labels given by those who boost their self-imposed superiority by looking down on another human being.
When this is a common practice, perhaps, there can be some peace among us. If humanity can resist their own feelings of greatness and bow to the God who created it all rather than exalt itself, perhaps there can be harmony.