This title refers to the thought that if you want to be something, allow yourself to get out of the way. Many of us have absorbed the thoughts, teachings or beliefs given to us as we grew up. As a result, we had to do a dance with our thoughts about what to keep and what to discard which dictate how we act in the world. What are the rules supporting how to survive and succeed? Like many of us I have been struggling with what to write this week, given the last few weeks in which there has been great hope and great despair. And, we are in the middle of a virus rewriting our way of life. So I too, am struggling with how I feel. And being white, I feel the need to be an example of being better.
The one thing that comes up is we humans need to get out of our own way. Meaning, let’s stop being proud and selfish. Be open and see yourself in another, even animals. Would you allow harm to yourself in this way? Plus, personally, I was given what some were not, simply because of my skin color. I have to remain aware of this privilege.
I recently watched again, the film entitled “I Am Not Your Negro,” to hear what Mr. Baldwin calls, “moral apathy.” My understanding of what it means is, in the face of moral wrong to others we do nothing. Just like when there was slavery to protect one’s investments, just like when we allow mass incarceration of people mostly of color to continue, just like when we see someone being marginalized or killed, we say or do nothing to change it. We do not vote or support businesses which uphold moral decency. Why do we have to have other? Why do we believe we have no power?
My older brother sent a video which I think illustrates the dance we as white people do. Do you think how you act can impact the tapestry of our world? How do you get out of your own way?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.