Time and time again we as humans have the audacity to think ourselves better than others. Either determined by race, religion or gender, it’s ridiculous to entertain this idea. In reality, we have more in common with one another than any others species on the planet.
We all have two hands, two eyes, and two feet. We may have minor distinctions, but they’re not significant enough to build these ridiculous walls of discrimination. When it comes down to it, we’re more alike than we are different.
Without exception, we all need food and shelter to survive, so what’s the problem? It is because we have a difference in opinion or speak with an accent? The notion that the global population encompassing 9.5 billion people would have similar trains of thought is absurd?
It’s hard enough to settle on what to eat for lunch amongst friends let alone agree politically, religiously, or economically with strangers. So why can’t we simply come to terms with the situation and agree to disagree?
Why is that we fight, argue, and fuss over seemingly trivial things that don’t matter in the scheme of things? Life is simply too short to live in anger and turmoil. Too precious to rape and murder. Too fragile to curse and destroy. For what, so we can say we’re right, to make ourselves feel better? Sounds silly, doesn’t it?
I sometimes wonder that if an outside species were to observe us, they would be appalled by our actions. Perplexed by our silly perception that somehow we are better than others. Surprised that we don’t have the foresight to look past our present dilemma so we can build a better future.
Instead, we chose to deplete the world’s resources, subjugate other races, and continue to destroy the bond between us which were once so strong. We’re in stuck on this see-saw that watches as one group rise while another falls.
For each step we take, we take two steps back. Stuck in a nightmare instead of crafting a world of dreams. Tearing each other down, when we should building ourselves up. It’s truly an unusual state of affairs we find ourselves, and sadly it’s all self-inflicted.
Fortunately, all wounds heal, and we are resilient like no other species. We have the ability to empathize with others and the intelligence to right our wrongs. The sheer fact that you’re reading these words is a testament to our ability to innovate, create, and invent technology that was once an idea.
As I type these words, I’m sitting in Augusta, Georgia probably thousands of miles from where you’re reading them. An outstanding accomplishment of virtuous men and women capable of constructing things beyond our comprehension.
If we can build smartphones that have the processing power of computers, the ability to take high def photos, and the means to call someone across the globe, we can certainly find a way to get along.
Today let’s vow to make the world a better place by helping others and living lives that we can all be proud of. Looking past our differences but instead focusing on our similarities. Let’s pick each other up and together become the best version of ourselves. With this attitude, we can all make a difference and humanity will prosper in the process.