AGENT OF CHANGE: An Agent of Change is a person who serves from inside or outside a group or organization to help transform itself by focusing on such matters as organizational effectiveness, improvement, and development. -- See Attributes of An Agent of Change.
BIGOTRY: A state of mind as a Bigot, i.e., a person who is intolerantly devoted to his or her prejudices or biased opinions; a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc.; a bigoted person; especially a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group). See BigotDetector.com. See Tolerance. See Tribal vs. Tribalism: An Important Distinction. See ActForDiversity.com. See BroadPoints.com. See A Sikh Sense of Humor.
BLACK PERSON: A member of a darker-skinned people (any person of color), especially one of African, Native American, Asian or Australian Aboriginal ancestry; any White Eye or Colored Eye person who stands with the oppressed against the oppressor. See ForThePeopleOfColor.com.
CASTE: A division of society based upon differences of wealth, rank, or occupation.
CHARACTER: The way someone thinks, feels, and behaves. A person's corrector.
Life is based on caliber, consciousness and character. If you have very strong character
CLASS: The system of ordering a society in which people are divided into sets based on perceived social or economic status.
CLASSISM: Unfair treatment of people because of their social or economic class.
COGNITIVE DISSONANCE: The psychological conflict resulting from simultaneously held incongruous beliefs and attitudes, e.g., having a fondness for smoking and a belief that it is harmful. (Or supporting the concepts of diversity and pluralism while simultaneously marginalizing people.)
COLORED EYES: Those persons who have acquired the life experience and have gained the cultural competency and perspective of people of color along with the experience of the marginalization and social otherization that come with it. See White Eyes.
"God's fear only means don't harm anybody. "Ahimsa," compassion.
"The mother is the only person who can teach her child tenderness and compassion.
CONFRONT: To act out of knowledge and awareness to deal with issues, such as a problem or danger; to confront, especially: to deal with something in an honest and direct way (as in poke, provoke, confront and elevate, elevation being the intended result), i.e., CONFRONTATION.
CORRUPTION: Dishonest, unethical, or illegal behavior especially by powerful people. Corruption occurs when a person in a position of power and authority acts to enhance their status at the expense of the common good.
CULTURAL COMPETENCY: The ability to identify or relate to the language, life experiences thoughts, communications, actions, customs, beliefs, values, and institutions that are specific to ethnic, racial, religious, geographic, or social groups.
Cultural Competency comprises four components: a) Awareness of one's own cultural worldview; b) Attitude towards cultural differences; c) Knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews; and d) Cross-cultural Skills, i.e., developing cultural expertise that results in the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures. See Example.
"Any White person living in the United States will develop opinions about race simply by swimming in the water of our culture. But mainstream sources—schools, textbooks, media—don’t provide us with the multiple perspectives we need." See More.
CULTURAL LITERACY: Knowledge of history, contributions, and perspectives of different cultural groups, including one's own group, necessary for understanding of reading, writing, and other media.
DHARMA: An individual's duty fulfilled by observance of custom or law.
"People are no longer talking to each other." Barack Obama
DIALOGUE: A conversation between two or more people (see example). A conversational relationship, especially with those with whom we differ, is an expression of caring, inclusion, tolerance, and love, e.g., see The Case For Dialogue.
The first thing not to do is expect that you will never run into a conflict.
"You must understand when somebody talks to you, if you are not willing to
DISCRIMINATION: The recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another, e.g., "discrimination between right and wrong".
DISPROPORTIONAL DIVERSITY: The state of having disparate percentiles representing people who are of different races or who are of different cultures in a group or organization.
Finally, Barbie makes the move.
Men of Diversity
DIVERSITY: The state of having people who are of different races or who are of different cultures in a group or organization: the opposite of uniformity. (We must work together to make Diversity an advantage.) See What Diversity Is. See What Diversity Is Not. See What's Wrong With This Picture? See The Case For Diversity and Dialogue.
DUE PROCESS CLAUSE: "...the accused shall enjoy the right to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have...his defense."
"When the mind is backed by the will, the mind is always positive.
EPIPHANY: That moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way.
EQUALITY: The quality or state of being equal. (Fulfillment of our intrinsic longing to belong.)
EXCLUSION: The act of shutting or keeping out: the state of being shut or kept away. NOTE: The human tendency to tribalism and its practice of exclusion offends the innate longing to belong for which every human being yearns. It is the core issue underlying the strife that afflicts and affects Sikhs and other religious groups, especially in the Middle East.
GENDER EQUALITY: Gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision-making, and when the different behaviours, aspirations and needs of women and men are equally valued and favoured. See Women Are Much More Than This. See Sikhs and Gender Equality.
GOD: Think about it. You grew your magnificent brain, perhaps the most complicated thing in the world. And you grew it without even thinking about it. A supremely intelligent Life Force of unknown origin created and sustains this wondrous miracle of life. This is what Sikhs refer to as GOD."
GREED: A selfish and excessive desire for more of something (as money) than is needed.
In December, 2016, Cuban said, "I'm just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they're getting hoggy. Just watch. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way... when you've got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns on you. That's rule No. 1 of business."
HUMILITY: Freedom from pride or arrogance.
HYPOCRITES: Those who claim or pretend to have certain beliefs about what is right but who behave in a way that disagrees with those beliefs. Those who assume a false appearance of virtue or goodness. See EXAMPLE 1. See EXAMPLE 2.
IMMIGRANT: A person that migrates to a foreign country and becomes established in a previously unknown culture. NOTE: The majority of 3HO/Sikh Dharma participants, especially those who adopted the Sikh lifestyle during the tenure of Yogi Bhajan, are immigrants/students of Sikh Dharma and are therefore new to the history and traditions of Sikh Dharma.
INCESTUOUS RELATIONS: Excessively close human relations that are resistant to outside influence. NOTE: This condition leads to a siege mentality, whereby systemic barriers are put in place, which in turn puts the organization at risk of becoming perverted in its policies and procedures. The organization becomes increasingly isolated and insolated, intractably resistant to change, feedback from the outside is blocked or rejected, and elitism and nepotism reign supreme.
EXAMPLE: I recently received an emotional phone call from a family member in which was made all kinds of inaccurate and negative assertions about me and my posted statements regarding what I see as unenlightened and errant behavior and policies of 3HO/Sikh Dharma that are out of line with the teachings of Guru Nanak. At the end of their comments to which I listened without interrupting, they stated they had nothing more to say. When I attempted to speak they hung up the phone saying they already know what I have to say. Again, "The organization becomes extremely resistant to change, feedback from outside is blocked or rejected." See African American Critiques 3HO History.
INCLUSION: A relation between two classes that exists when all members of the first are also members of the second (all humanity). The act of including the state of being. To have (someone or something) as part of a group or total. To contain someone or something in a group or as a part of something. To make someone or something a part of something. To be inclusive is an expression of selfless compassion. NOTE: The human tendency to tribalism and its practice of exclusion offends the innate longing to belong for which every human being yearns. It is the core issue underlying the strife that afflicts and affects most nations today, especially in the Middle East.
INCLUSIVE: Covering or including everything; open to everyone (all humanity); not limited to certain people; including the stated limits and everything in between. (Acceptance of those with different views and traditions.) See Pluralism.
The life story of Bhai Ghaneya Singh is a perfect example of being inclusive. Bhai Ghaneya Singh even treated wounded enemy soldiers and served them water on the battlefield in the time of Guru Gobind Singh. (Being inclusive also fulfills our innate longing to belong. See Diversity: How We Are Connected. See Finding The Path To Inclusion.)
INTIMIDATION: To make timid or fearful by or as if by threats.
ILLITERACY: The state of not having knowledge about a particular subject.
KARMA: The force generated by a person's actions held in Hinduism and Buddhism to perpetuate transmigration and in its ethical consequences to determine the nature of the person's next existence. (Newton's Third Law of Motion. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. (For every proposition there is an equal and opposite opposition.)
KHALSA: The Pure Ones, i.e., all those who contemplate the Lord; those who live by their inner purity and light; those who are pure of heart. NOTE: Khalsa does not apply exclusively to Sikhs. Sikhs must ever be mindful of the human tendency to tribalism. Khalsa includes ALL those who contemplate the Lord; ALL those who live by their inner purity and light; ALL those who are pure of heart. See Glossary of Sikh Terms.
MARGINALIZE: To 'Otherize', to dismiss, or to put or keep (someone) in a powerless or unimportant position within a society or group, e.g., the suppression and repression of women, African-Americans, Native Americans, Asians, Jews, people of mixed race, as well as Hispanics, disabled veterans, the homeless,* the mentally ill, the criminalized, victims of sex trade, gays and lesbians, etc. See A Classic Case of Marginalization. See The Homeless Banned And Jailed In 'Christian' America video, below.
"Looking at the one and only Black Family in 3HO/Sikh Dharma
*NOTE: "Thirty-three cities now ban or are considering banning giving food to homeless people --- and some are threatening to throw people in jail if they're caught feeding the hungry. These laws claim they're about preventing government-run, anti-homelessness programs from being diluted. They're really about keeping non-profits and individuals from shining a light on just how bad things have gotten for our country's poor, even as the homeless are treated like criminals (marginalized) for being without food and shelter. Charity work like sharing food with the homeless is essential in a country where protecting the poor and needy is never at the top of the list, and is found to help those without shelter get back on their feet. (See Guru Nanak's Message.) Cities think by cutting off the food source, it will make the homeless go away. It doesn't." -- PolicyMic.com
MISOGINIST: A person who hates or doesn't trust women. Misogynist is from Greek misogynies, from the prefix miso - "hatred" plus gyne "a woman." The English suffix -- ist means "person who does something."
NARCISSISM: A mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultraconfidence lies a fragile self-esteem that's vulnerable to the slightest criticism. See Mental Health Professionals Have A Duty To Warn. See More.
NEPOTISM: The practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends.
NEUROTIC: Often or always fearful or worried about something: tending to worry in a way that is not healthy or reasonable.
PATERNALISM: The attitude or actions of a person, organization, etc., that protects people and gives them what they need but does not give them any responsibility or freedom of choice. This attitude is prevalent in most Piscean Age institutions, especially non-profit organizations. See KaliYugaSigns.com.
PLURALISM: A situation in which people of different social classes, religions, races, etc., are together in a society but continue to have their different traditions and interests. The belief that people of different social classes, religions, races, etc., should live together in a society: the "no class, no caste" concept as taught and championed by Guru Nanak: the opposite of tribalism.
PLURALIST: One who believes that distinct ethnic or cultural or religious groups should exist together in society.
PLUTOCRACY: An elite or ruling class of people whose power derives from their wealth.
PREACH: To deliver a sermon or religious address to an assembled group of people, typically in church.
NOTE: No human being is without prejudice. The human mind was created to make choices, e.g., to discriminate between up and down, in and out, black and white, etc. Therefore, we must remain aware of our tendency to use our discretionary abilities in order to marginalize and repress people with whom we differ. We need to constantly see to it that we advocate for pluralism and against tribalism in the interest of justice and fairness. See This Is Racism.
PRIDE: The sense that one is more important or better than other people.
"Looking at the one and only Black Family in 3HO/Sikh Dharma
"The human mind was created to discriminate, e.g., make choices between up
RACISM: Poor treatment of and/or violence against people because of their race, much of which is based on the fear of loss of financial and/or social status and privilege. The belief that some races are by nature superior to others; any action, practice, or belief that reflects the racial worldview -- the ideology that humans are divided into separate and exclusive biological entities called “races,” that there is a causal link between inherited physical traits and traits of personality, intellect, morality, and other cultural behavioral features, and that some “races” are innately superior to others.
It’s not a good feeling for someone to feel like their freedoms are being limited because of their religion, race, or even their name. Incidents of discrimination lead to trauma even if you do not understand them as an outsider. That pain is real and hard to cope with. Muhammad Zakir Khan
"My race is better than your race."
RACISM was at the heart of North American slavery and the overseas colonization and empire-building activities of some western Europeans, especially in the 18th century. The idea of race was invented to magnify the differences between people of European origin in the U.S. and those of African descent whose ancestors had been brought against their will to function as slaves in the American South. NOTE: Tribalism breeds racism.
When the missionaries came to Africa they had the bible and we had the
By viewing Africans and their descendants as lesser human beings, the proponents of slavery attempted to justify and maintain this system of exploitation while at the same time portraying the U.S. as a bastion and champion of human freedom, with human rights, democratic institutions, unlimited opportunities, and equality. The contradiction between slavery and the ideology of human equality, accompanying a philosophy of human freedom and dignity, seemed to demand the dehumanization of those enslaved. By the 19th century racism had matured and the idea spread around the world.
RACISM differs from ethnocentrism in that it is linked to physical and therefore immutable differences among people. Ethnic identity is acquired, and ethnic features are learned forms of behaviour.
This whole universe is just the coexistence of a working electromagnetic field.
RACE, on the other hand, is a form of identity that is perceived as innate and unalterable. In the last half of the 20th century several conflicts around the world were interpreted in racial terms even though their origins were in the ethnic hostilities that have long characterized many human societies (e.g., Arabs and Jews, English and Irish).
RACISM reflects an acceptance of the deepest forms and degrees of divisiveness and carries the implication that differences among groups are so great that they cannot be transcended. See Ethnic Group and Sociocultural Evolution. See Slide Show.
James Baldwin gets to The Point
"As humanity moves into the Space Age, how canl we resonate with Grays and Greens,
REACTIONARY: Acting out of ignorance and fear, relating to, or favoring old-fashioned political or social ideas.
RETALIATION: The act or an instance of responding to an injury with an injury.
SANTOKH JI: 'Santokh' is a Punjabi expression meaning contentment. 'Ji' is a formal, humble and reverent acknowledgement of the soul in another person.
SEGREGATIONIST: A person who practices a policy of keeping people of different races, religions, etc., separated from each other.
SENSITIVITY SUMMIT: A proposed 3HO/Sikh Dharma biannual conference for the purpose of promoting the inclusion and treatment of all people equally and without prejudice irrespective of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, culture, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, social or economic status, or political, psychological or philosophical persuasion, or any other Earthly consideration or distinction. See An African American Critiques 3HO History. See Sikhs and Gender Equality. See Sensitivity Motion pdf. See Proposal.
SERVICE OR SEVA: Those human actions, which contribute to the well-being of others, i.e., anything done to lighten somebody's load.
SEXISM: Unfair treatment of people because of their sex; especially the unfair treatment of women.
SHAKTIPAD: The status or mindset of a person, group, or institution, which knows far less than they think they know, and which fails to acknowledge same. Shakitpad is a normal consequence of 'riding the tiger' of pride. However, as Yogi Bhajan points out, one must be alert to the signs and take appropriate actions. The worst case scenario is to fall into the trap of convincing yourself and others that only you know the best way, and that the old way needs to change, going forward. Beware of the tiger's bite! See Antidote. See How To Relate To A Narcissist.
SIEGE MENTALITY: A collective state of mind whereby a group of people (especially religious organizations) believes themselves to be constantly attacked, oppressed, or isolated in the face of the negative intentions of the rest of the world. Although a group phenomenon, a kind of group narcissism, the term describes both the emotions and thoughts of the group as a whole, and as individuals. Typically, the result is an isolated, even insolated state of being overly fearful of surrounding people whereby feedback from the outside is blocked or rejected, and an intractably defensive attitude rules along with a tendency to 'lawyer up' against perceived outside threats. This state of mind is a dominant factor within tribalist groups. See Incestuous Relations.
"Let's try to figure out what's right instead of what's legal." Joe Rogan
"Any system of human organization that does not (or cannot) respect and
"The biggest threat to organizations and innovation is tribal politics,
SOCIAL JUSTICE: The fair and proper administration of laws conforming to the natural law that all persons, irrespective of ethnic origin, gender, orientation, possessions, race, religion, etc., are to be treated equally and without prejudice.
SUMMIT: A meeting or series of meetings between two or more governments, communities or special interest groups.
TEACH: To show or explain how to do something.
TEACHER: A person who instructs or trains others, especially in a school. A Spiritual Teacher is a teacher who pokes, provokes, confronts and elevates others. See Life According To Yogi Bhajan. See PREACHER.
"First you have to master yourself and then you will become teachers.
Transparency, i.e., intellectual honesty, along with open dialogue exercised without exposing confidential contacts, is essential in order to build trust, and to clarify and resolve conflicted issues.
Many individuals as well as organizations attempt to act in secrecy. At the same time these entities tend to covertly gather intelligence and work to keep their affairs unknown in an attempt to remain unaccountable.
The U.S. government, National Security Agency (NSA), banks, investment firms, philanthropic organizations, religious institutions, corporate sporting association leagues, like the National Football League (NFL), etc. come to mind. When left unchecked, organizations have a tendency to become opaque, exclusive, monochromatic, and eventually tribal-like.
Historically, many opaque entities have become corrupted like Unto Infinity (UI), even criminal like Federation Internationale de Football (FIFA). In this Age of Transparency opaque entities are seen by their constituents as dishonest and untrustworthy. See Signs of Kali Yuga. See DiversityDialogues.org.
Monochromatic optics. Where's the diversity?
Are you tribal in your thinking?
*TRIBALISM: The social tendency to live in loyalty to a tribe, social group, club or gang (a tribe within a tribe or tribal hierarchy, a kind of pervasive and insidious group infection) especially when combined with an unfair treatment or strong negative attitude toward marginalized people outside the group. Religious organizations are particularly prone to tribalism. See A Classic Case of Tribalism. See Nationalism. See Hierarchy. See Racism. See Tribalism For Those Who Dare To Watch. See Why Tribalism Is Such A Bad Idea. See Life According To Bishop Desmond Tutu.
"America is not natural. Natural is tribal." Jon Stewart
"The typical tribalist will even marginalize the Creator if
"It is here that we remember that, even when hatred burns hottest, even when
Tribalism is the opposite of pluralism, the no class, no caste, One Creator of Creation principle, taught and championed by Guru Nanak Dev. Tribalism (institutional shakti pad?) breeds racism. The antidote to tribalism is something akin to a Sensitivity Summit in which Courageous Dialogue with and between people of color, women, and other marginalized groups can occur. NOTE: The human tendency to tribalism and its practice of exclusion offends the innate longing to belong for which every human being yearns. It is the core issue underlying the strife that afflicts and affects most nations today, especially in the Middle East.
Question: How does one know when tribalism is a likely issue?
"Man is so weak that he has not created a universal system.
NOTES: 1) Tribalism breeds nepotism and-or cronyism, which eventually leads to an incestuous association of tribes within tribes, especially among nations, religious organizations, corporate structures, charitable foundations, political parties, etc. 2) Most people belong to a family, tribe, group, or association. The question: is the group tribalist or pluralistic in its attitude and relations? See Siege Mentality. See Science Is Embarrassingly White. See Video.
Extreme examples of Tribalism are evident in today's Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria (Punjab, India?). In spite of the turmoil, humanity is moving toward pluralism albeit with much kicking and screaming. (See Where's The Love?)
ACT FOR DIVERSITY
We gladly accept all, and we shall exclude none, for after all,
The Gods, Demons, Yakshas, Gandharvas, Turks and Hindus; come from different countries and seem different because of their garb.
However, their eyes are the same, their ears the same, their bodies are the same and their habits are the same; after all, they are all an admixture of the elements; earth, air, fire and water.
The Allah of Muslims and The Abhekh of Hindus are the same, the Puranas of the Hindus and the holy Quran of the Muslims are the same; all have the same beautiful form and have been created by the One Lord. Guru Gobind Singh from Dehra Masit Soee
These are rare photos. They depict Diversity of
This photo was taken at the Vancouver Avenue, First Baptist Church of Portland, Oregon, at
TRIBALIST: One who advocates tribalism, i.e., one who professes loyalty to a tribe, social group or gang especially when combined with a strong negative attitude toward people outside the group; the opposite of pluralist. See Elitist. See The Unspoken Message. See Siege Mentality.
NOTE: There's an important distinction between living as a Tribe, the norm, and adopting Tribalism, the perverse. All mankind is Tribal to some extent (the human race is really just one big tribe). Guru Nanak, in his teachings, instructs humanity to avoid Tribalism. Sikhs especially can avoid living as hypocrites by practicing and teaching inclusion, i.e., Pluralism. Tribalism breeds racism. The antidote to tribalism is something akin to a Sensitivity Summit in which people of color, women, and other marginalized groups are routinely heard from. See Courageous Dialogues.
The human mind was created to make choices, e.g., to discriminate between
Exclusion breeds intolerance. Intolerance breeds tribalism.
"This country was built on gangs. I think this country is still run on
WHITE EYES: Those persons, whether White skinned or people of color, who are culturally illiterate, who have not endured the hardships nor life experience of being marginalized; who exist in a culturally phobic bubble; who benefit from social privileges; who marginalize (otherize) people of different racial and cultural backgrounds; and who dwell in a perpetual state of denial in which they mostly claim ignorance when confronted with issues of race and privilege. See Colored Eyes. See Cultural Illiteracy. See Incestuous Organizations. See Was The Civil War Really About Slavery?
WHITE PRIVILEGE: The perks and social status acquired by White eyes as a function of their white skin. As a result White people tend to exist in a culturally phobic bubble in which they are unable or unwilling to relate to the social conditions under which most people of color, i.e., Colored eye people, exist.
See SensitivitySummit.com. See Desmond Tutu's Plea To Israel.
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