What Happens If You Exclude People?
Have you been banned from a group? Have you been treated like a second-class citizen?
When you were young, did certain kids exclude you from being their friends? How did that make you feel?
When a group refuses to let you join, do you admire and respect that group?
Many group leaders do not understand an important fact about letting people into their groups, organizations, businesses and countries.
"EXCLUSION OF OTHERS IS THE BASIC CAUSE OF WAR AND INSANITY."
"Letting people INTO the group at large is the key to every great movement and bettered culture on this planet. This was the new idea that made Buddhism the strongest civilizing influence the world has seen in terms of numbers and terrain. They did not exclude. Race, color, creed, were not made bars to membership in this great movement.
"Politically the strongest country in the world was the United States, and it was weakened only by its efforts to exclude certain races or make them second-class citizens*. Its greatest internal war (1861-65) was fought to settle this point, and the weakness was not resolved even then." -- L. Ron Hubbard from an article called "Group Sanity" (second-class citizen: A person considered inferior)
Perhaps certain people get angry at the United States, not because they "hate liberty," but because they are excluded.
Why Let People In?
If you let people into your group, they love you for it.
If you bar people from joining your group, they hate you for it.
For example, you have lunch with ten friends from work every week. You have a terrific time, laughing, telling jokes and enjoy yourselves.
Two new guys at work ask, "Can we join your group for lunch?" You say, "Sorry, it's a private party."
Later that day, you notice the two new guys won't look at you. The next night, you find a long, deep scratch on your car door. The following week, the boss says, "I have an anonymous report here that you've been stealing supplies. Is that true?"
As L. Ron Hubbard mentions, making African Americans second-class citizens caused the U.S. Civil War which killed more Americans than all other wars combined. Even today, people in all countries try to exclude others because of their race or culture (Middle Eastern, Asian, Hispanic, African), sexual preference (homosexual), religion (Buddhist, Mormon, Scientologist, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim), gender (female) and age (too young, too old).
When they exclude people because of their race, religion, gender and so on, they create enemies and lawsuits.
However, when nations, organizations and groups happily include anyone who wishes to join, they become powerful.
Have you excluded anyone from your group? Have you ever treated anyone like a second-class citizen?
What can you do to include him or her? How can you treat the person as an equal? What can you do to let people be your friends?
Also, if someone excludes you from a group, you might want to attack the person. Instead, realize he or she just does not understand the consequences of exclusion. Simply find another group.
Even better, start your own group and include everyone who wants to join. Your group will become the biggest and most successful of all!
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