Oneness and Diversity John Cali & Chief Joseph
As many of you know, I live in Wyoming in northwest part of United States. Wyoming is home of Dick Cheney, Vice President of US. Dick could be next president in a heartbeat, or lack of one.
Most of Wyoming today is generally a conservative cowboy state. A place where early American frontier values of freedom and independence live on. It’s a state where whoever is running on Republican ticket for president is a surefire winner.
And yet it’s a state of great diversity, in its people and its landscape. In last election for governor, Dave Freudenthal, a Democrat, won office.
Dick and Lynne Cheney’s daughter, Mary, along with her parents, has publicly acknowledged she is gay.
Wyoming is a place where people of diverse and differing opinions and lifestyles can coexist peacefully. Wyoming people, while usually steadfast in their beliefs and values, are generally willing to allow others of different beliefs and lifestyles to live peacefully.
There certainly are exceptions to that. People are people, and sometimes they have less than peaceful differences with each other. A shocking and horrible example of that was brutal October 1998 murder in Laramie of Matthew Shepard, a gentle young man who happened to be gay.
But that is exception in this place that was first of United States to give its women right to vote, in 1869. In 1925, Wyoming’s Nellie Ross became United States’ first elected woman governor. The legendary frontiersman, Buffalo Bill Cody, who founded town I live in, was an early and outspoken advocate of women’s rights and justice for Native Americans.
Wyoming is justly known as “Equality State.” In many ways, it’s a perfect place to live, at least for folks like me who love peace, quiet, friendly people, big blue skies, and vast wide-open spaces. It’s a place that knows how to embrace all, those who agree, and those who disagree. And to somehow accept sameness and diversity, and live in peace.
A magnificent example, I think, for rest of world. Especially for America, now so bitterly divided after a bitter presidential election and its equally bitter aftermath. It’s time to heal wounds and work together. And to realize in our diversity, we are also one.
In this newsletter we don’t often re-publish past newsletters. But we’re going to do it this week. Many of you are new to us and probably haven’t seen this old information anyway.
Joseph, a long time ago, said this:
“You came to this planet at this time to experience diversity, not oneness. And in that diversity you will all find joy, once you allow diversity to be okay. Once you allow yourself, and all others, to be okay just exactly where you all are right now.”
My response to Joseph’s comment:
“Joseph was not saying we, as a human race, are not one. We are, in fact, one with all of life, with all that is. But within that oneness, there is diversity. And that is as it should be. Sameness is not same thing as oneness. Even within oneness of nature, there is always diversity. No two snowflakes are identical. Each is unique and special, one of a kind. And yet all are snowflakes.”
“. . . you live in a Universe so vast you cannot even begin to get your arms around it, if you will, with your human minds. And yet each of you, individually and in human form, have all vastness, power, and glory entire Universe does. Each of you is a mini-universe, so to speak. A mini-universe with all energy of larger Universe. Each of you are worlds, universes unto yourselves.