People often look outward instead of inward. It is pointless to want all of humanity to make all the same choices, have all the same beliefs. Apart from the obvious (never gonna happen), it would create weakness and make us more vulnerable to extinction than we already are. We thrive and continue, because of our diversity.
Our vast commonalities and differences create a perfectly balanced cocktail. It gives each of us a unique and precise set of circumstances and from that, life experiences, from which to learn and grow. As each of us overcome challenges and experience new things, in our own lives, then share what we learnt and how we did it – with others – humanity evolves. It happens in increments with every action we take.
Each of us can empathise with others, though have deeper interactions with those that know from personal experience what certain aspects of our identity is like, to live. This is nature putting many hands (and minds) to make lighter, the work of human evolution. It is a beautiful design feature we all possess. It means whomever we are, we are on various teams. These teams collaborate. Some are larger, some smaller, though all contribute. They find solutions to precise challenges, which increases our chances of evolving.
The purpose of the teams is constructive (not destructive). Each aspect of our identity, while it may meet with confrontation in the world, builds in us learned experiences that we can use to find solutions. Here are some teams I’m in; mammal, mother, writer, left-handed. Consider how many we’re all on! I’m in majorities and minorities, the most common blood type and the rarest personality type.
Each team in experiencing that aspect – and all the challenges it brings – has something to offer. We would miss out on those benefits, if everyone was the same. Our differences – even when learned through challenge – hold solutions across a diverse spectrum, that enables humanity to thrive. They are intended to co-exist, to be connective not divisive. The key is accepting them all. Moving forward can only happen together.
We go together, or not at all.
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