The world ‘out there’ is but a projection of the world within each and all of us. If we crave for a better world, we need to make the world within us a better place for our spiritual ‘Self’. Transformation can only take place outside if we first change the inside. Changes ‘out there’ begin ‘in here’ – within ourselves. ~Kenneth Meadows
This week a 14 year old boy, just starting high school, made a digital clock. He was looking for friends who would be interested in doing what he likes – looking for a community – so he took the clock to school. He first showed his engineering teacher who advised him to not show anyone else. Unfortunately, the alarm beeped in English class. The way the homemade clock looked worried the teacher. The boy explained, to his English teacher and to many people after, that this was a clock. He ended up being handcuffed, taken to juvenile detention, and suspended from school.
This was one of the first posts that I read about it on Facebook.
There were many thoughtfully written Facebook posts in support of this young man and I didn’t think I had anything to contribute to the conversation. Until a Facebook friend shared a post that supported what had happened to Ahmed Mohammed for this reason.
“…this kids name is m** f** MOHAMMED … Sure, he got discriminated against, but guess why? Because males from his religion are responsible for killing Americans. End of story”
I can’t be silent. Males from his religion are American. Ahmed is American.
Here is the perspective that I can add to this conversation. I have made a digital clock – in one of my early electrical engineering labs in college. It’s not rocket science (Radio Shack probably has the parts) but not something I would have even wondered about as a 14 year old – yet alone had the initiative to figure out and build one.
Did Ahmed’s name, religious beliefs, and heritage have something to do with how the situation was handled? I can’t know for sure. What I can see is that his name, religious beliefs, and heritage have something to do with how we are all understanding and responding to what happened.
My questions aren’t if you think that Ahmed should or shouldn’t have brought this clock to school or if you think the situation was handled well. My questions are more personal. If you heard about this story, and the young person had been a blond girl, how would your reaction have been different? Would you wonder who made the clock for her? What about an Asian boy, a Hispanic girl, or an African-American boy? What would your first thoughts be in these different situations?
This is one of a long string of events exposing the fear in our country and ourselves – reminding me of these wise words.
Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. ~Yoda
Where is fear taking you?