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Sami Awad: Building a Global Identity

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global oneness project Building a Global Identity I think the power of what we are talking about is the ability and the desire to create transformation. Sami Awad Bethlehem, Palestine Founder and Director, The Holy Land Trust And transformation has to take place from one setting into another setting. And that setting is that core identity that people are born in, and this is the reality. I was born a Palestinian, I have an identity card that says I am a Palestinian. If I personally claim to be a human being, part of the human family, the first airport or checkpoint or border crossing immediately throws me back into this one identity which the world has placed upon me and recognized me. The challenge is, and this is where the power to distinguish becomes very important for me, and I always say that distinction alone has the power of transformation. It is to be able to distinguish your identity and what makes your identity from the interpretations that have caused you to create animosity and conflict and tension with other identities as well. I think the world will be a very boring, dull world if we are just one identity claiming to be one people living in this world. I think there is creativity, there is art, their is culture, their is talent, there is philosophy that is presented. By combining all of these different identities, recognizing them, respecting them, engaging in discussion of equality amongst identities. Not that there is one ethnic identity better than the other, one religion better than the other, one society better than the other, That we are all equal and equality at the premise, as I said, is what will create the opportunity for this new global identity to be developed. And what we are doing here I would say for example in Palestine. It has reached the situation now where local small identity circles have completely taken over the national identity, so you talk to groups now, or individuals and ask them what they are, and instead of even saying Palestinian they will probably tell you "I am Hamas, I am Fette, I am Christian, I am Muslim I am from this refugee camp, I am from this clan, from this family, from this political party. And then maybe that third identity will be the national identity. And then talking about a human identity, not even be on their list. So the challenge for us is how to prioritize the identities within an individual, where they recognize that the first identity level that they are in, not that they should be in, because that's how they are, is that human level of identity, that before anything we are all humans, and before anything, we are all equal. And then from there, go to the second identity, as a human, I am also proud to be a Christian, or I'm proud to be a Muslim. I have certain spiritual connections that connect me with the entity that I worship, and I want to worship in this way. But I also respect you as a fellow human, as an equal human to respect in your way of worship as well. And then from their go to a different identity, national identity, ethnic identity, and so on. So it is again through distinguishing. Distinguishing alone has the power of transformation. To distinguish where you are now, how you are now, how you are related to the rest of the world, and creating that vision for the future, where it is non-threatening, it is non-challenging to your identity but it encompasses you and builds your identity with other identities as well. It is not an issue of balancing one or the other. It is creating this real transformation between two aspects and building and creating something new. www.globalonenessproject.com

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Duration: 4 minutes and 25 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Views: 191
Posted by: global on Aug 11, 2008

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