Tuesday, July 13, 2004

We're All Human

Ever since creatures that could be called human lived on this earth, whether they evolved from pre-existing creatures, were created by a more powerful being, or were dropped off by an alien spacecraft, they have differentiated themselves from each other in various ways. In the beginning, it was one group, or family, or tribe versus another. Eventually, it was nations against nations, races against races, religions against religions, and so on. And within these large groups, there are many sub-groups, down to neighborhood gang wars, family feuds and individuals pitted against each other. In other words, mankind has been at war with itself virtually from day one.

Every person is different. Most think that is a good thing, but is it? Our differences are often the cause of conflict. The differences between the Caucasian and Negro races, or the Arabs and Israelis, for example, have been causes of long-standing and seemingly never-to-be resolved conflict. Moreover, despite our differences, we all seem to have a need to "belong". As a result, we do things to "fit in" with some group. Some start taking drugs, or smoking or drinking to be a part of some group of peers. Some join gangs. On the less destructive side, others join clubs or civic organizations, churches, etc. Even these, however, can lead to problems. One church or another may say that they are the only true church resulting in offense to or exclusion of others. Some countries or nations think that they are
"God's chosen people" or the "greatest nation on earth" again with the obvious exclusion of or offense to other nations.

The reality of the matter is, we are all human beings. Rather than being citizens of one nation or another, members of one church or another, one gang or another, rather than being black or white, male or female, we are all just people. Deep down inside, we really are all the same, and deserve to be treated just as well as anyone else.

So we should put aside our differences; our nationalities, our religions, our colors, and unite as members of the human race and work for the good and betterment of all people everywhere!

I am a person
I may be Caucasian, but that does not matter so much as being a person.
I may be American, but that does not matter so much as being a person.
I may be Christian, but that does not matter so much as being a person.

We are all people. Let us all shed our race, nationality, religion and gender and go back to being people who care about one another. Then this world might be a livable place again.

I fear it is too late.

Written in memory of the victims of the 9-11 attack.

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