• Patricia Jean Fleming

Wednesday Weekly Wisdoms 097 – Prejudice, Judgement and Blame [PJB]

PJB that was once my initials, that was once me!

This morning I have listened to part of a production from Ireland shared on Instagram via a friend - Poignant online offering this St Patrick’s Day, from the National Theatre☘️ Home: Part One is a direct response to the report on Mother and Baby Homes, focusing on the testimonies of survivors. Home: Part One will be broadcast on St. Patrick’s Day 2021, a day where we celebrate our identity should also be a day for us to reflect on Ireland’s history and on the experiences of its citizens. It will be available to watch back for four months after. The readings will stream on our YouTube channel at 7pm [GMT]on 17th March 2021. For a running order and credits, download our online programme. https://youtu.be/tficNm7xcRE Oh, and if you are Irish then Happy St Paddy's Day to you. xx


Today I am reflecting on my history, not my country on its own but the part of it that ‘made’ me as I was then and how I am now with my history within me. My country was/is Scotland. I grew up in the formative years post World War 2. Living in rural Scotland, much of life was slower to regenerate there from the devastation of those destructive and hellish years. I lived in an era where a large percentage of a generation was removed from life. Where a large percentage of people were ‘damaged’ never to be the same again. A time where being prejudiced was encouraged because we had been at war and we learned to hate our enemy. We learned to be suspicious of anything that was different to what we were. We learned to survive. But that was then and this is now. We live in very different times. What did we learn from back then? As always I do not have all the answers but I do like to plant seeds of inspiration and stir thoughts within others that may produce beautiful blooms or worthwhile produce in the future.

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Prejudice: ‘a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience’. But, whose reason whose actual experience? The one being prejudicial or the one being prejudiced? Which is which? Is this one of the problems? Who is right? Is it that we are not allowing for people to have the right to be the wonderful unique beings that we all are? I see prejudice as being someone trying to be more dominant than another – what do you think? Much of prejudice comes from fear and oppression. If we can tame fear and remove oppression then we could solve prejudice. Prejudice also defined as: ‘harm or injury that results or may result from some action or judgment’. https://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=mcafee&type=E211US1267G0&p=meaning+of+prejudice

Judgement: ‘the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions’. Again, whose consideration, whose view on what is sensible? Can we see the disparity in this? The ‘judgement’ in the very meaning of the word? Considered – reasoned, well thought out, well advised. Who gives one person power over another to consider that their views are more reasoned or better thought out than someone else? This is where we meet the last word that is blame. How easy it is to blame someone else for not thinking as we think or being as we are.

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You may question whether I am falling into my own debate here in sharing my beliefs with you, the difference I see it as being that I am not saying that this is how it has to be but for you to draw your own conclusions. If you believe in oppression, of a way of life that subjugates other human beings then so be it, that is your choice. My growth into who I am today is to be myself. My want is to avoid the people who seriously grieve me in their views and to have compassion to listen to those who are dear to me though of a different opinion. We have free will, we have choice in how we live our lives and this is my choice. What I find difficult is not to share my opinions when I see another persons 'right to be' quashed because someone else does not agree with it.

How can we as a human race learn to live in peace? Peace for humanity is my one wish, the wish I wish when I blow out my birthday candles, the wish I wrote on a piece of paper and placed in the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem on my first ever holiday abroad in 1993 at the age of 35. The wish I will always carry with me and try and live up to individually; to play my part in that wish for humanity.

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What I have found on the journey that I have made since that time of realisation is that World Peace for me has been to find out, that the journey I needed to start with, was a journey into myself. A journey within to know me, to understand me, to learn to love me unconditionally which ultimately brought me a peace of being with who I am. The realisation then spread into an understanding that this is how we can bring world peace into being, through each and everyone of us going on our own voyages of discovery and finding peace within ourselves. Once we can all be at peace with ourselves then there will be no angst against another. There will be an acceptance of being that will be truly revolutionary – a revolution without war, without destruction – a revolution that will bring love and peace, heaven to the earth instead of the hell in which we have all lived or still live in.

Much love. Namaste, Patricia xx

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