flowerinthemo-0nshine asked: i'm really curious as to how you view "white privilege" i feel like it's a big trip... and i'm trying to make sense of it...
I suppose I’m not really in a place to say much directly on the matter. I’m a young white male from a privileged background, which is one reason I want to give back by becoming a doctor.
I think it’s pretty obvious that people are treated differently according to completely arbitrary traits. That could be skin color, gender, economic background, or whatever other divisions we wish to see amongst ourselves.
To me, such a way of seeing other people is just blatantly ignorant. In a simple intellectual context, it amounts to judging a book by its cover. In a spiritual context, it means you still misidentify with your own body and therefore attribute the identity of other bodies to those people as if it were real.
If you try to use your body to know who you are, all you are doing is romanticizing dead flesh. Know yourself from the inside out, from the living place out of which your awareness springs. Then all you will see is life and you will understand that there is no difference between the life of a human and that of an insect. Both are equally alive.
“What you meet in another being is the projection of your own level of evolution.” ~ Ram Dass
So then how can there be any differences among humans? We’re all just alive. And in fact, the deeper you go into your own aliveness, the more you realize it is the same aliveness we all share. Ultimately aliveness is One, without a second thing ever having existed.
However, I understand this viewpoint may not be in the majority of people’s minds. No one truly knows what it’s like to be another person. But it is through compassion that we can stay present with each other’s suffering and breathe spacious love and kindness into each other’s lives.
I would encourage anyone with any real interest in spirituality to examine this closely without defensiveness or aggression. With death constantly stalking the precious gift of human life, we don’t have time for judgmental bullshit amongst ourselves.