Synergy II: “Oz”

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Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity, and even a bit of wizardry, Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well” <a href=”http://disney.go.com/thewizard/#/story

We exhaust a lot of our energy and lives trying to answer these same questions as we float our various interpretations of spirituality into a new world of diversity. As with the “Great and Powerful” societal slight of hand along with media and political parlor tricks leave us confused as to who is friend and who is foe. In this perspective we consider the classic quote from Dave Masons song “We just Disagree” “There ain’t no good guy, there ain’t no bad guy. There’s only you and me and we just disagree.”

Figuring all of this out is not as complicated as it seems. First of all, we must note what the word of God says: “You are calling Me good? Don’t you know that God and God alone is good?” Mark 10:18 (The Voice) Now that we’ve got that out of the way, we must understand the interconnectedness that we all share in the human condition.
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This condition is one that often seeks justice or justification that some of the time become undistinguishable from one another.

An Immigrant family searches for the hope of a new land of promise. They must fight against racial bias and stereotyping clothed in a distorted view of patriotism, and pious privilege disguised as conservative values. They exist only as a demographic goldmine of political gain for some or a ministry outreach for others. They simply want to know who they can trust.

This is a new experience for all in this day of diversity. Are we all just pawns in some sinister plot to shape a narrative for manipulated divisions and rhetoric? Maybe we are they who simply look for truth. The human condition is native to community of varying degrees, whether we are speaking of the individualist Wall Street investor to the most loyal collectivist church choir member. All feel comfortable in their unique groups of people like themselves.

Divisions of value judgments are then attached to “the Others” for justification of our cultural and many times ethnic stratification. As a society, we sort through all of the layers of preconditioned dogma that we call normal, and leaves us ultimately unfulfilled. Needless to say, our houses of worship have sadly become more of a reflection of society than an innovative example for it.

All of the new comprehensive gadget driven ways in which we relate to one another has further driven us apart. More and more, people can sit behind the electronic screen and form any kind of reality that they can imagine. They gather those virtual partners who share those same ideals that stunt real growth of innovation, creativeness and oh yes, “Synergy“.

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1.

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