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All I Ask Is That You See My Humanity, Which Means Seeing the Humanity in All People

By Tim Hjersted / filmsforaction.org
Feb 12, 2020
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All I Ask Is That You See My Humanity, Which Means Seeing the Humanity in All People

With this foundation, I think we can have healthy disagreements.

Without this foundation, we are all diminished - not equally, not materially, but spiritually.

That which diminishes me, diminishes you.

That which harms you, harms me.

When one's heart is attuned with softness, when the hardness of our broken hearts has been melted by the tender truth of our interrelatedness, this truth, called ubuntu, can be directly experienced.

The humanity in me is the humanity in you.

Your suffering is my suffering.

Your liberation is my liberation.

This is the fundamental background of reality. While we may be separate in another sense, and that is our foreground experience, to see our situation clearly, we must hold both realities in their fullness. That is the way.

We are individuals, all of us, but we are also a prism through which the whole splendor and beauty of our human family can be felt and seen.

That is why I ask you to see my humanity when you look into my eyes, which means seeing the humanity in all people.

 


 

Tim Hjersted is the co-founder and director of Films For Action, a people-powered library for social change.

Films For Action was formed by a few friends from Lawrence, Kansas in 2006 in response to a fundamental critique of our highly consolidated, for-profit media system. We believe a healthy media ecosystem is essential to a healthy democracy.

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“Independent media is dangerous because it allows people to speak for themselves. And when you hear someone speaking from their own experience - whether it's a Palestinian child or an Israeli grandmother or an uncle in Afghanistan or a refugee in the Calais refugee camp - it changes you. It breaks the sound barrier. It challenges the stereotypes and the caricatures that fuel the hate groups. You may not agree with what you hear - I mean, how often do we even agree with our family members? - but you begin to understand where they're coming from. That understanding is the beginning of peace. I really do think that the media can be the greatest force for peace on Earth. Instead, all too often, it is wielded as a weapon of war. We have to take the media back.” - Amy Goodman, Place to B at COP21