I usually enjoy watching the major awards shows that honor the year’s best achievements in music, movies, and Broadway. This year’s Oscars telecast was a different experience for me. It was filled with more crass, crude, and distasteful humor than I remember in the past. Maybe I am just getting older. Or, maybe I am actually growing into a consciousness where humor at the expense of others is not nearly as funny as the people telling the jokes, and those laughing, thinks it is. I hope that is the case.
This blog is about spiritual growth… and becoming more and more conscious of being awake and aware of our own evolution as loving people. That being said, the most egregious and un-loving comment was not even on the Oscar telecast… but on Twitter, that now ubiquitous social media forum that takes a sound bite and makes it major news for a minute or two. Now, in the microseconds of fame that Twitter can open for some, that small amount of time can do some good…or can cause great harm. Once it gets out, it is out, no matter what happens after that.
Well, the comment that was made on Twitter by the satirical print outfit, The Onion, to the world, called 9-year-old Oscar nominee Quvenshane Wallis by a derogatory sexual term. It is bad enough that it was done. But to do so at the expense of a child is about as low as it gets. It not only uncovers and exposes the innate ability of one person’s consciousness to dive into the lowest depths of being-ness, it also exposes the ego as a source of both jealousy and cruelty. More on that later.
My mother use to say (and still does say)… “God don’t like ugly.” My dad would always remind me to “be Big.” It was his way of encouraging me to be above the crudeness and mean spiritedness of the world; that there is a higher calling we are to live.
No person in his or her right mind would stoop as low as the Onion did…or, at least, as low as the writer FOR the Onion did. However, in this world, stooping low to raise yourself up is one common theme we see over and over as a strategy for success. You can say it is the way of the world, and you’d be correct… but the sacred texts remind us that we are… in the world, but not of it.
The derogatory comment was ‘inspired’ by an interview where young Quvenshane said she had a great chance to win the Oscar. This confident remark was taken offense to by the unknown Onion Twitterer. In my estimation, this child was simply expressing the confidence that we should all have in life. She was expressing her joy of living, and achieving, and accomplishing. Fortunately, (yes, fortunately), she was also expressing her innocence… and demonstrating for us life as the precious and joyful gift it is. Of course she had a great chance of winning!… even if she didn’t win. She was nominated… and you have to be in order to win, or lose. And, losing the Oscar still makes one a winner.
Quvenshane had her Magara working, both on the interview that irritated the Onion writer and on Oscar night. Magara is a concept that comes from Africa and is still lived by many African Americans, though the term is not widely known. Today, it is known as having “Soul”. Magara is the belief that JOY and PROSPERITY are gifts that come with your being born. It is not attached to money or possessions. It has to do with the richness of your friendships, the honor of your good name, your trustworthiness, to name a few. Magara is the joy of life that holds you up IN life… and can protect you FROM life. It is the strength of your life expressed as joy! You can have as much as you have the faith to claim, and you claim it by calling for it – right out of the air, and willing it to yourself no matter what gets in the way.
This is the joy that was demonstrated by the young actress. She has not yet learned to squelch pure joy… it bubbles up naturally, and can look like arrogance to people whose egos are challenged by someone so young doing something so well and being so rewarded for it. They cannot see the divinity expressed within through the joyfulness expressed without. This young girl has not yet learned to express herself in the false humility too often seen at these kinds of awards shows. Adults know they are ‘suppose’ to ‘act’ humble. Children know how to ‘be.’ That is why, in our society, you see workshops on letting your inner child come out. It is more honest than our trained adult selves.
May whoever posted the Twitter bash learn from this; maybe even grow from this. Instead of trying to be the first to say something that gets read because it is crude (even-though it may have been a brave attempt to speak an untruth that might get them a little fame), may they try creating humor that sees deeply into the human heart and strikes at the core of our common experiences, and ultimately makes us better, wiser. That is truly brave, and it can be funny, even hilarious, and satirical.
True humor is medicine for the soul. It is healing. What was expressed about this beautiful, talented child makes the soul sick, and does no good. However, out of it good can come… because… God works all things for good. The backlash showed us that there is a community of awake and conscious people who say “NO” to this kind of harm, and who are speaking back… even on Twitter in the manner that caused the harm in the first place.
As we grow in awareness of our true identity and divinity, we can access the Power For Life Now that allows us to always see the beauty in a person, instead of seeing with our egos, which always want to… Edge God Out.
May it be so.