Thursday, January 31, 2008




The second RULE OF COOPERATION is:

2) EQUAL RIGHTS

Enough said? Hope so.

In a cooperative community everyone has the same rights as everyone else. Nobody is more or less important. Nobody has more or less of a value.

Competition moves against equality. Competition wants winners and losers, better and worse. Cooperation says we are all equal.

Here's the rub. EQUAL DOES NOT MEAN SAME. We are all different. We all have talents and gifts, areas of strengths and areas of difficulty. In a cooperative community, everyone operates from their strengths, and those areas that need fortifying, are bolstered by the gifts of others.

Those of us that are parents, we know we love all our children EQUALLY, but not the SAME. Each child is different, and so is our love for them.

It is my personal opinion that in our country we've done much to bring equality to men and women, and between races. MUCH, but with much further to go. But where we struggle is believing people of higher "education," "intelligence" and career "prominence" are "better" than the people in menial jobs with "less" of all those things.

You don't even want me to START with how crazy I get when people toss around words like "idiot," "retard," "stupid," "dumb," etc. We will never see the equality of all if we allow this kind of language that clearly makes some more than, and others less than.

OK, I'll climb off my high horse (for now) and leave you with this: Let us all see OURSELVES as equal. Period. Don't worry about anyone else. Walk today with your head held high and look eye-to-eye with everyone you see and greet, and say to yourself, "I am equal to this person. We are two souls on the path together, one no further than the other, and if we can grab hands and walk together we'll both get there with more grace."

love.

6 comments:

Michelle O'Neil said...

A Course in Miracles says "Every encounter is a holy encounter."

This post speaks to that line.

Namaste!

Jerri said...

"if we can grab hands and walk together we'll both get there with more grace."

Amen, Sister.

Kapuananiokalaniakea said...

Thank you!
I'll hold your hand! Let's walk a while.

MY OWN WOMAN... said...

I like holding hands.

Nancy said...

"We are two souls on the path together, one no further than the other, and if we can grab hands and walk together we'll both get there with more grace." These are words to live by. Thank You!

Nancy said...

"We are two souls on the path together, one no further than the other, and if we can grab hands and walk together we'll both get there with more grace." These are words to live by. Thank You!