Somewhere along the way
we get tricked. We fall victim
to this conditioned idea
that humanity is divided
up into teams.
This being nationality, race,
politics, class, and religion.
We join a team,
usually one our parents or communities
have passed down to us.
And we become proud of our team.
We cling desperately to our team’s
philosophies & principles.
Traditions & symbols
become our security.
We hide in them.
And because we are led to believe
that our team is noble, we either ignore
or excuse all the evil things our team does
while at the same time vilifying
the other team for their wrongdoings.
Even minor ones.
We will strongly deny any truths
that challenge the dignity of our team.
That’s when the essence of our individualism
dissolves like ice cubes in our morning coffee.
We begin to hate the other team.
We deplore their actions, right or wrong.
We want to abolish the other team.
We become bitter as our hearts fill with disdain.
This is the abbreviated story of humanity.
This is why the world is a constant battlefield.
This is why it’s so important to teach our kids
to read poetry, drink beer, travel often, hike mountains,
and most importantly–never ever watch the news.
This will shatter the deadly illusion of teams.