“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
~ Joseph Campbell
Joseph Campbell, an American writer and lecturer, had it right. Echoing the words of the writer of Proverbs, Campbell reminds us that there is a difference between the life that we have planned and the life that is planned for us. That old sage said, “The human mind may devise many plans, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established” (19.21). We can make lots of plans but the ones that matter will fall through if they are not in accordance with the will of God.
Likewise, race has a plan for us. It has our prejudices lined up for us. It has a stereotypical path prepared for us. It offers a group meaning, a prepackaged reality that comes in bulk colors. According to race, you and I can only come in socially colored beige/ black/ brown/red/ yellow/ white.
Six ways to be. Six ways to be seen. Only six ways to perceive the world and be understood. As a woman, I cannot live with only six pairs of shoes so this option will never make sense to me. This limited way of being is unnecessary when there is the possibility of at least seven billion other options.
With the number of human beings well- above seven billion as of March 2012, it seems absurd to try to fit them all into socially constructed categories. We can’t all fit into races. There isn’t a box, a community, country, continent or a color large enough to contain us all. No, only God is able to accomplish such a feat.
And since race was never apart of God’s plan, it will fail. The life race has planned for us is not the one that God is waiting to give us.