What does this word mean to you? Does it conjure up a vivid display of primary colours, red, yellow and blue; or a rainbow of pastels arcing across a fresh bright sky? Or perhaps just your favourite colour enters your mind or a colour you are drawn to on that day. Whatever it says to you, one thing is for sure – the very word itself represents something of beauty.
And when we think of our skin, don’t we often associate this with beauty too? We think nothing of spending vast amounts on skin care products or having facials to enhance the beautiful skin we are in.
And that’s just it- it is only the skin we are in. As beautiful as it maybe our skin is merely a cloak, a protection for our physical body beneath. Its an organ, the largest one we have. Its responsible for absorption, elimination, temperature regulation, pain and pressure perception. It is of crucial importance in our functioning as human beings – but that’s it. Apart from being a splendid cloak of which we should take very good care, and its function to us as an organ, it has no greater meaning.
What we are beneath this colourful cloak is purely down to us.
Imagine, for a moment if every one of us became colour blind (to each other’s skin). We could no longer see colour. How would we treat each other? We would base our opinions of each other on how we behaved, what we said and how we interacted with others, finally our blindness freeing us from our division? Or would we then find another way to divide ourselves from our brothers and sisters? Would we want to categorise each other by hair type or eye colour?
Our ancestors didn’t know better. There has been abdominal treatment of many different races through our history, and every one of them who treated others, as lesser beings was wrong. To this day, anyone who judges his fellow human by the colour of his skin, has learned nothing from the heinous acts committed throughout history.
The only way to put an end to this, to stop dividing our race and to free ourselves from the labels our ancestors hung around our necks is to finally embrace each other and celebrate our existence together.
But its ok because we have evolved into more caring, kinder and more loving beings who no longer need to fight, argue and put other humans down. All the suffering that people have endured through time has taught us to love our brothers and sisters. It’s taught us to forgive, to move forward and to face the world side-by-side. Our evolution has made us more intelligent and more compassionate – so that we can now enjoy a truly colourful, diverse world where we are all every bit as unique and amazing as the next person.