Don’t focus on all our differences

Today’s world spends too much time looking for ways we are different. We are quick to separate ourselves from each other and spend an endless amount of energy trying to prove that one of us is better than the other. Why are we in such competition with each other? Some people who identify with “White America” believe that they are superior to “Black America,” and vice versa. On a regular basis, I hear about Africans claiming to be “better” than African-Americans. There are cultures who believe that the darker people of their country are “dirty” or “less pure” than those of a lighter complexion.

Our president, along with a good amount of society, shuns Muslims as if the actions of a few gives us an idea of what their religion is truly about, failing to understand that the Muslim religion is one of the most loving and beautiful religions known to man. And it doesn’t stop there. It doesn’t matter where you turn, there is some kind of separation taking place within societies of the world. Other examples of ways people tend to separate themselves from one another are nationalities, class, groups, educational background, government and even neighborhoods. But why? This is a question I tend to ask myself a lot and still struggle to come to a valid conclusion.

Sometimes I wonder what this world would be like if we spent this short amount of time we have on the earth to, instead of looking for differences, look for similarities we have with one another. Do you think our world would, slowly but surely, change for the better? Could we someday walk together as brothers and sisters as opposed to what we claim to be today? I’d like to think so. This constant competition and hate has done nothing but drive us apart from each other. We need more things to bring us together and connect.

I don’t believe there is a real difference between me and any person in this world. I have a firm belief that I can do anything I put my mind to, and there’s nothing that should get in anybody’s way of doing the same. We are both equal in nature and put on this earth with the same purpose in life: to live life to the fullest. Both of us are traveling on a path. We have dreams and aspirations for our futures. We both experience hardships and have people who we consider family and friends.

The number of differences between humans is so minuscule that I refuse to believe that I am in any way superior or inferior to the next man. With that being said, I do believe there is something that sets me apart from others. What sets me apart is my God-given wisdom to understand, my ability to empathize with another and see others for more than their socially-constructed methods of division (race religion, beliefs).

I don’t believe that anything not constructed by God himself should be something that separates me from the next man. God made us all to be a part of one big human race and to love each other regardless of the way we appear. Whether you, the reader, agree with me or not, let me be the first to say that I don’t care who you are or what you claim to be. In my eyes we are family, and I love you.