CFN – I don’t like it when people from outside Cornwall, people like you, come here and try and change things. We were fine without you. Fact is, we don’t need all these foreigners coming here and taking what little jobs there are. Why don’t you leave?
Signed: Cornwall Classic
Spirit Matters Reply:
Hey Cornwall Classic,
Thanks for being so honest. It’s true that I come from somewhere else, have a job and am now making Cornwall my home. I can understand that you are fine without me. However when you make reference to foreigners, that is a different story. The reason I say that is that most of us, if we dig a little in our ancestry, come from somewhere else.
Dig a little deeper and you discover that we are, in fact, all related. Surprised? Well, then take a look at the latest discoveries in DNA, at a molecular level we share the same genetic material with very little in the way of differences. Our physical appearance is incredibly diverse but in our essence, we, the human race, are all one race. We live in different places, have different cultures, traditions and beliefs, but at the core we are the inhabitants of one planet. This is what is known as the principle of the oneness of the human race.
Now, some people may think that this is some “pie in the sky” kind of concept, or an ideology like communism, but I want to disabuse you of that notion. The principle of the oneness of the human race can be considered as the organizing principle for the time that we are in. Every age has its focus: in this day we need to become conscious that we live on one planet and that all of us human beings share the same air, sun, water and earth. Everything we do affects everything else.
Even though we live in Cornwall we do have people who have come here from all around the world and made this city their home. They are not foreigners – they are citizens, like you. They deserve your respect and courtesy, the same as the founders of this City. All citizens contribute, in one way or another, to their community.
In fact, when you come to think of it, even your ancestors were presumably “newcomers” to Cornwall themselves in their day. I offer you this song to help you reorganize your thinking:
Shirley Barr is a member of the Baha’i community and lives and works in Cornwall, Ontario. She can be reached by email at: email@example.com