REARRANGING OUR PREJUDICES

A school bus that carried both black and white students had been plagued with fighting. Determined to improve the situation, the bus driver devised a plan. One day, when they were on the road, he stopped the bus and said to one of the boys, “What colour are you?” The boy replied, “White.” Said the driver, “No, you are green. Anyone who rides in my bus is green. Now what color are you?” “Green,” answered the boy.

After having all the white students identify themselves as green, the driver asked one of  the black kids “What colour are you?” and she said, “Black.” “No,” said the driver, “you are green. Anyone who rides in my bus is green.” So, all the black kids on the bus said that they were green.

A few miles down the road, the driver heard a small voice from the back of the bus, “All right everybody; light green on this side; dark green on the other.”

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Here’s a slightly different version

A couch of a southern team with a lot of racial problems said, “Look, there;’s no more black guys and no more white guys on this team. From now on everybody is one colour – green.”

They got out on the playing flied and he gave orders, “All right, all the light green guys on this side, and all the dark green ones on that side.”

Source : Unknown.
Both versions are retold as remembered .

CONSIDER THIS

“A great many people think that they are thinking when in reality, they are only rearranging their prejudices.”  | William James, the nineteenth century American philosopher and psychologist, once remarked,

THE CONTAINER AND THE CONTENT

A local journalist called and asked me “ What would you do, Ajahn Brahm, if someone took a Buddhist Holy Book and flushed it down the toilet?”
Without hesitation I answered “Sir, if someone took a Buddhist Holy Book and flushed it down the toilet, the first thing I would do is call a plumber!”
When the journalist finished laughing, he confided in me that that was the most sensible answer he had heard.
Source | Ajahn Brahm, Good? Bad? Who Knows?
CONSIDER THIS
You may flush a Holy Book down a toilet, but you will never flush forgiveness, peace and compassion – traits and characteristics that healthy religions, faith traditions and philosophies of life are made of – down a toilet.
Remember that the book is never the religion, nor is the statue, the building or the priest. These are only “containers.”
What does the book teach us? What does the statue represent? What qualities are the priests supposed to embody? This is the “content”.
When we recognize the difference between the container and the contents, then we will preserve the contents even when the container is being destroyed.
We can print more books, build more temples and statues and even train more monks and nuns, but when we lose our love and respect for others and ourselves and replace it with violence, then the whole religion has gone down the toilet.