These days, you can’t help but be bombarded with how different we are from each other. My last blog post was a perfect example. Different views. Different sexes, Different realities. While I acknowledge that all that is true and relevant, I’m also starting to think that we (all of us) are missing the big picture. There are divisions certainly; but there are things we share – as human beings who are living in this time, in this space, on this planet.
Once I started to think along these lines I was able to come up with ten (I’m sure there are more, add yours in the comments if you like) things that all human beings share.
- We are alive, with consciousness, emotions and awareness
- We have the capacity to love, whether it’s our children, our career, our pets, our friends and family, our nation
- We want to be loved by others
- We are afraid of the unexpected or unknown
- We get anxious when our views or life circumstances are challenged or threatened in some way
- We know we can die and that Death has its own time and place beyond our control
- We grieve a loss
- We desire the respect of others and freedom to express ourselves
- We need sustanence, shelter, medicine and companship to survive
- We are products of our environment, good or bad, and are influenced by this throughout our lives
Just a start I know, but it has me thinking that maybe the time has come for us (all of us) not to be so charged up about of differences and focus more on what we have in common. All mothers ache for poor children. A man who is working two or more jobs and still can’t make it is just as worried about his family as the man who is working one job but is aware it can disappear at any time.
Commonalities unite us. Differences divide.