Letter: Awaiting a Third Great Synthesis
This is a time of synthesis — a time of coming together as the heart of humanity opens to the sacredness and oneness of all life inspired now by the crises that separation and the negation of life have brought forth onto the world stage.
The three-day harvest celebration at Plymouth Plantation in 1621 and the 54 years of peace and friendship that followed between the Mayflower Pilgrims and the Pokanoket Wampanoag Indians was an extraordinary exception to human behavior before or since. It was the First Great Synthesis that gave birth to American democracy and the American mind and spirit; an inspiring origin story of what has yet to become a great nation that lives up to its vision and its promise.
A Second Great Synthesis between European Americans and American Indians occurred when aspects of the Great Law of the Iroquois were integrated into the Constitution of the United States.
It’s time now for the U.S. of America to recognize the shadow and the light of every race and acknowledge that throughout history all races — the white, the black, the red and the yellow — have reached great heights of enlightenment and have also been influenced by fear, greed and power leading to violent, unconscionable behavior amongst each other and between races.
Ultimately, when we step back, fly high and take a look at the evolution of the human race, we will see that we are all one species playing out our light and our shadow. There will be a Third Great Synthesis when we choose to open our hearts and minds to each other, walk forward into the light, and together create a world of peace and abundance for all our children — to the seventh generation and beyond.
The visionary leaders Bradford and Massasoit of the Mayflower Pilgrims and the Wampanoags gave us a glimpse of what is possible when cultures bridge great gulfs of differences and align with the underlying humanity that binds us all together.
Connie Baxter Marlow
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