Chemistry to Synergy part 2


Dying flies spoil the sweetness of the ointment. Wisdom and glory is more precious than a small and short-lived folly. Ecclesiastes 10:1 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

The Perfume maker’s admixture with the associated potential of hope, healing, reconciliation and synergy is at risk of being  supplanted by the folly of returning to the same patterns of division and discord that has haunted America for generations. Some Americans have reduced cultural intelligence and sensitivity in this divinely inspired phenomenon to the same old labels, stereotypes and fears of days gone past. The folly lays in the fact of societies willingness to be overtaken again.


What this means is that even the most phenotypically “African” (or what used to be called “Negroid”) African Americans have dramatically significant levels of European ancestry, a fact that would have astonished many of our forebears, both black and white. It is also a fact that astonishes the guests on Finding Your Roots. And this finding is important because it deconstructs the very American notion of biologically “fixed races” that our society inherited from the racist pseudoscience of the 18th century and drew upon to justify slavery and the property rights of masters who fathered children with their slaves. How Mixed Are African Americans? by HENRY LOUIS GATES, 

The Art of the Apothicary’s hand in the American story can be seen through the admixture of genetic diversity. Left to his steady hand the journey into the American experiment  would have been less turbulent. However, the folly of trying to help God along as in Manifest Destiny, the White Man’s Burden, etc, has led to the proverbial “Flys in the Ointment”.    

Caught in the middle of it all are the people of faith who have allowed the light of God and the ministry of reconciliation to be coerced into exploitation of politics, ideology and economic profiteering. At a time with tensions high, houses of worship are only at best still discussing what should the ethnic composition of its congregation look like . While people of faith ponder the literal and figurative physical complexion of its leadership, a cultural transformation, of the likes of which has never been seen before, is taking place in America.

Through its many nuances of diversity, the secular society remains decades ahead of the fledgling multiethnic congregations that exist  as an anomaly to the backdrop of a largely indifferent faith culture. This culture sees God as an expression in validity of ones ethnic group vs. the next. In this environment  little progress is made.740 In many cases a certain comfort level is reached in congregational worship settings and relationships based on familiarities rather than diversity. This leaves no space for development of the synergistic pattern.

This is now time to acknowledge the Art of the Apothicary (Perfume Maker) and lend truth, love and spirituality to this cultural phenomenon before the folly of  human interference turns this work of God into just another misguided opportunity. The folly of going back can never be an option echos the words of the late Dr Martin Luther King letter written in the Birmingham Jail 16 April 1963:

“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds”.

“so must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood.”The “all”,  is inclusive of all ethnic groups including native Americans, Asians, Latinos, Rich, Poor or in-between, and Male and Female. Keeping in mind that,  “God Has Made of One Blood All Peoples of the Earth”. Enamored by our diversity, empowered by our unity, increased by our synergy because we are  “Building the Bridge Together”

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

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