I know the truth about you and I and I have not even met you yet. There is an overriding Truth about humanity and about every single human on Earth.
That Truth is that in the basics of life we are all the same. Yes, we have different exteriors, colors, hair type, mental abilities, sexual preferences, personalities dreams and desires.
And yet we are more alike than we are different. Every human on the planet bleeds red blood when cut or wounded. Every human cries when sad or hurt. Every human must eat and drink often. Every human on the planet must release liquid and solid waste at frequent intervals and every one of us has a pump we call the heart that circulates the blood that carries the oxygen on which life depends.
Pump stops, we die …all races, all nationalities; death knows no country, culture or color.
Every single one of us has dreams and aspirations; most of us ponder the mystery of creation, which we explain by one system of religion or another. Or perhaps we make science our secular religion to explain the unexplainable.
We laugh, we get horny, we love, we hate, we kiss and we fight. We get hungry and we fast. We are serene and we are anxious but the one constant about humanity is that we are all cut from the same cloth, made in the same mold and have the same Creator.
Every one of us is born of a woman, conceived with the help of a man, and every one of us will end his or her journey in death. Most believe that the mind and soul goes on, some believe in “lights out, its over”. I do believe that we live on many, many times but which of us really knows?
The commonality of humanity needs to be re-stated over and over and over in this age where empathy for our fellow humans is running rather thin. We need to see the common thread of humanity to realize that the differences are mainly cosmetic and personal. In our laudable search for diversity we have splintered our societies into constituencies and social and political identities that have had the unintended consequence of dividing rather than uniting the human family.
We are ONE, Created by one Divine Mind, Great Architect, Ground of Being or just God. We are made of love and come from love. Love giving itself by the Creator creating all out of itself and on Earth a joining in love of our parents.
Look in the eyes of the next person you meet and see yourself in their eyes no matter the color of their skin, the shape of their features or the type of their hair. They are you with a different exterior decorator.
Every human wants a happy life. Every parent wants success and happiness for their children and every mother thrills at the first stirring in her womb. Every man becomes a father the first time he holds his baby in his arms and he’s hooked for life. All of us wants our children to advance beyond what mom and dad achieved in this life.
One of my greatest joys is watching my three lovely children building wonderful families of their own; buying their first homes, enjoying rewarding and well paid careers and having good solid, American affluent lives.
This success was no Ozzie and Harriet tale. It happened in spite of being children of a rather unpleasant divorce and being bi-racial. They had additional hurdles to jump but that only made them stronger and smarter. They are loved by both parents and they know it and that is what enables them to surmount any obstacle.
Love is the lubrication of the good life. Empathy is the glue that holds a civil society together . My RX for America is More Love and a Boatload of Empathy, which is in short supply at the moment; in our body politic and in our conversations with each other.
Until we are together again, reach out to someone who needs encouragement, love or understanding. See the One, Be the One and live as One.
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida