To celebrate Throw Back Thursday, I found this reflection I wrote while I was in high school. I’ve been on an interesting journey, going from Catholic Fundamentalist to Queer Heretic with sacred sass. I often wonder what happened to the religious zealot that was delfin in high school and first two years of undergrad. Perhaps they are still here wandering inside my head, finding new ways to channel the fundamentalism and zealotness. Enjoy my first #tbt post :-)
We are the World, We are the Children
“If there is right in the soul, there will be beauty in the person; If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the home; If there is harmony in the home, there will be peace in the world.”
Humans come in every shape, color, size, and form. To be global citizens, we have to accept that diversity and to see everyone as human despite our differences. Our differences make us individuals, which make us unique and special. We have to respect that, for we all live on the same earth. Until we can live on other planets, we are going to have to live on this earth together, might as well make the most of it. We should make our stay here as good and with as little problems as possible; so basically we should all get along and be friends.
Global means to be of the earth as a whole. This means we have to look at the whole world, we have to look at the big picture—think BIG. We have to understand and get it though our thick heads that the whole world isn’t from one corner of the block to the next. We have to open our eyes and come out of our little holes and meet people of different cultures and backgrounds. We have to learn all that we can from each other, for a global person is not one who travels the whole world over, but one who sees the person next door. We have to look past the exterior and see the interior—we have to see the person. We can not just talk to be people of the same culture and seclude ourselves, for if we do we are going to miss out on a lot. We cannot be islands and live isolated lives—that would be wrong. We have to share our experiences from we can learn from each other and find we are much more alike than different.
A global citizen is one who breaks through the barriers of racism and prejudice. They do their best to see people on the inside and not to judge a whole people by one person. No one is superior or inferior to anyone else, we are all equals. We may all have a different color and have different backgrounds, but we all have the same race: we all belong to the human race. We have to look at each other as beings that will cry, laugh, bleed, burp, use the bathroom, eat, grow just like we will. We have to learn not to hate, we have to learn love and be loved. I have always believed that we are all different colors and that we make up a rainbow, a beautiful rainbow with every color imaginable. If we leave out or push away some one because they are not like us, the rainbow is going to lose a color, and even though it has a whole bunch of other colors, and what is one color compared to the whole world? Let me tell you that that one color is just as significant and important; it is so precious, that with out it the rainbow is not complete and it loses its beauty.
A global citizen is one who is able to standup and speaks out for what they believe in and at the same time respects other opinions and beliefs. They understand that not everyone believes the same thing and that’s okay with them. We should all have an open mind and respect each other’s beliefs. We have to understand that we are all entitled to have our own beliefs as long as we don’t out down somebody else’s.
A global citizen is one who tries to make peace in this world. Instead of making a fist they give a hug. They understand that to make peace we have to learn to accept each other for who we are. It is hard sometimes to do that for society trains us well in looking down at others, but it is not impossible—it can be done. We are trained to look down at poor people, to see them as the scum of the earth, so we deprive them of human dignity and compassion. A global citizen is not one who does this; he or she reaches out to the poor and helps them get back on their feet. We should reach out to these people and show them they care. We should lend a helping hand to whoever needs it regardless of class, age, sex, or race. We all deserve friendship; we all deserve to know that we are matter and are special. We have to peacefully live with each other—for divided we fall, united we stand. We can get things done on our own, but we can get a whole lot more accomplished if we work together. We can solve the problems of this world if we put our heads together.
A global citizen is one who instead of just talking and talking and talking, DOES. They go out in the world and live by what they say. They try to leave their mark anywhere they go. They can talk the talk but can also walk the walk. We have to comprehend that actions speak louder than words. It’s all hunckydory and wonderful that you say you respect and love everyone, but can you actually show it? People will hear you say it, but will believe if you do it.
We live on the same earth, breathe the same air, drink the same water, feel the same sun, see the same moon, feel the same breeze, and see the same stars at night. Instead of making weapons of massive destruction, we should make lasting friendships. Instead of holding back, we should reach out and give a hug, for a hug is love in any language. “We can make a difference, we can make a change, we can make the sun shine through the rain, we can make this world a better place.”
featured image from: http://www.unartforpeace.org/e/546
delfin bautista is a member of the CTA National Board of Directors; delfin is also a member of Dignity’s Young Adult Caucus and is co-chair for Dignity’s Trans Caucus. delfin currently serves as the Director of the LGBT Center at Ohio University. delfin “preaches” on their own blog “Mi Lucha, Mi Pulpito” and is a contributor to the Young Adult Catholic Blog and to Believe Out Loud.