What is it that makes empathy a challenge for some of us?
Why is it that when someone rises up to proclaim, “BLACK LIVES MATTER!” that someone else feels the need to quickly assert, “ALL lives matter?”
Are we afraid to empathize with someone else’s experience? Do we think that to acknowledge someone else’s feelings or reality somehow discredits our own?
It’s not either this or that! If we embrace the #BlackLivesMatter movement as we should, and we all decide to make the changes that are needed in our country, our institutions, and possibly our own hearts, then that does not somehow eliminate everyone else’s value.
Unless it’s not about value from a spiritual perspective. Is it about the white privilege that deep down, we white people know we benefit from, even if we don’t consciously admit it? Are we afraid to let go of that?
Well it’s time to. Whatever the fear is, wherever it comes from, we have to face it and change it. This is a time for personal transformation from every single one of us that will lead to a collective transformation.
Face your shadows. Face your fears. Acknowledge your biases. Challenge your opinions. EMBRACE BLACK LIVES. Embrace empathy.