Humans have formed groups for thousands of years; from the family to the clan, to the tribe and so forth onto the kingdom and city-state. Many say that this is simply instinct; a survival instinct. As social creatures we find safety in larger numbers. We also have the clique, here in the sphere of segregation.
The word segregation comes with a stigma as it is often associated with race. However, this sphere represents the unique groups that all humans form, are drawn to, or avoid. Groups generally form from individuals who share certain things in common. These groups then segregate themselves from other “different” groups. This segregation and separation can be seen throughout time in every culture.
Junior high and High school is a perfect example of this. I am often reminded of the cliques and groups that stood as miniature huddles during lunchtime, or in the hall between classes.
During the middle of my freshman year in high school my parents divorced and we moved from Oklahoma to the Mississippi gulf coast. This was a difficult time for me as I was transplanted from one culture to another, landing in a school and place where I knew nobody. I felt terribly alone.
From January until May I stayed to myself, aware of all the groups around me, not sure who was who; who was worth talking to or not. I leaned against the wall in silence for the entire lunch period every day, and barely spoke to anyone. Those who did speak to me often asked me why I looked so depressed. I would usually laugh at the question.
I eventually made many friends that summer, and my sophomore year was much better. I found myself among many groups and cliques, not picking just one. I would float between groups of jocks and heads, artists and band geeks. I wanted to know everyone and enjoy my time. In a way I was a drifter, but one who could fit in anywhere.
In life we have these same cliques everywhere; in the workplace, in our religious institutions, in politics and in private life. We continuously segregate and separate ourselves apart from one another. We only group when we agree on certain things.
For example, the Christian faith has approximately 38,000 denominations.. (Talk about agreeing to disagree). Though all these denominations share similarities, they all follow and interpret the scripture differently.
Within the sphere of segregation, in our separation, we become disconnected with the true nature of life, spirit and humanity. We fail to see the connection that we all share.
People are social creatures, and though we will never always agree, we shouldn’t separate ourselves from one another. We should strive to know each other; learn of others gifts, talents quirks and loves. We are all beautiful beings, all unique and different; each holding a piece of truth waiting to be explored.
Within our sphere, just as it is wise to know the self; it is just as wise to know one’s neighbors. You never know where you’ll find another brilliant mind, another soul-mate or another brother. Seek beyond the sphere of segregation. Seek unity and peace.