Sometimes I wonder about this planet of ours. I wonder just how much longer we can go on. I mean – if people can be so heartless and cruel as to actually beat someone up just for wearing a jersey of the “other” team and then someone else can defend those actions, we’re in trouble.
For those who are not familiar with the story, Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten to within an inch of his death simply because he chose to wear a Giants jersey to a game. He is still in a coma now and could very well be permanently injured. Now that is bad enough, but…
…a few days later a blogger at the Observer-Reporter in Pennsylvania said, in effect, that Stow “asked for it” by wearing the “other” team’s jersey. WTF???
I think we all need to take a lesson from our children – they have a wisdom we adults have long since lost. They know what’s important and what’s not. It really is as Robert Fulghum says in All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.
- Share everything.
- Play fair.
- Don’t hit people.
- Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
One of the most wonderful parts of our travels has been watching our sons interact with kids of every color under the rainbow. Skin color was nothing more than an identifying characteristic such as we would refer to the kid with blond hair. No judgement, no condemnation, no prejudice whatsoever – just another human being among many.
Our sons learned that people are people regardless of what color their skin, what language they speak, what god they worship, what currency they spend, or how much of that currency they have. And yes – regardless of which jersey they wear.
They’ve driven toy trucks around the dirt floor of a shack in a migrant workers’ camp in Mexico and played video games in a decadent game room filled with every toy known to mankind. They’ve traded hats/helmets with indigenous kids in Bolivia and played soccer with an old ball made of rubber bands in Nicaragua. And you know what? They don’t care what kind of clothes those kids are or are not wearing.
Because it doesn’t matter.
I had to laugh at how stumped Daryl was when we were interviewed by Good Morning America six months ago. “It must be so fascinating to see different people and different cultures along the way. What’s it like?”
“Ummm…” Daryl responded, not quite sure what to say. “They’re just people.”
Why can’t we all say that? Why can’t we all look beyond the wrapper people come in and see them for the people they are? Why do we get so caught up with all the trivial little things that seem so big at the moment?
Why can’t we all take a lesson from our kindergarten teacher and remember that it is still true, no matter how old you are – when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.