There is no “us”, there is no “them”

There is no you, there is no me. There’s only God that I can see.
There is no us, there is no them. There’s only God. Amen.
— “There’s only God” by Richard Burdick

A simple meditative chant. Yet it sparked in me, if just for a few moments, a sense of true connectedness with all the world. I paused to consider what this – no us and no them – could really mean for me and for the possibility of peace. I wrote:

If there is no us and no them, then I am completely equal to every other human being.

I am the same as the corporate executive,
we are both worthy of love.

I am the same as the Boko Haram member in Nigeria,
we are both worthy to be heard.

I am the same as the Liberian street kid,
we are both worthy of help.

I am the same as the Midwest meth addict,
we are both worthy of healing.

I am the same as the homeless man,
we are both worthy of a job.

I am the same as the evangelical,
we are both worthy to talk to God.

I am the same as the atheist,
we are both worthy of community.

I am the same as the Congolese,
we are both worthy of trust.

I am the same as every other individual,
we are each worthy to be.

SIA local coordinators from all over Africa sing together in Kenya

SIA local coordinators from all over Africa sing together in Kenya

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3 Responses to “There is no “us”, there is no “them””

  1. Mike Hegeman June 25, 2014 12:05 pm
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    I’ve been singing this all morning. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Dennis June 25, 2014 1:42 pm
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    Yes, we are all connected. Thanks for this beautiful sharing.

  3. marsha johnson June 26, 2014 2:14 pm
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    Thank you, dear Tanya. Like you, I also loved this chant during rhythms/creatives at camp. When you shared this reflection at camp, it brought tears to my eyes, and today again as I read it. The chant sent me to lie down in the meadow and become one with the grasses, flowers, and insects. I felt/feel that I am one with them as well!

    Love and blessings all around,
    Marsha

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