All human beings are 99.9% identical in terms of our genetic make up.
Despite being virtually the same, we have somehow found ways to let that differing 0.1% get in the way of belonging and cooperation.
We have been successful in finding arbitrary differences, some biological, most made up, as justification to be cruel to one another.
In some cases in our history, this cruelty was due to a competition for scarce resources. In most cases, especially those in our recent past, even the scarcity was manufactured.
We know that the world has more than enough for all of us, but humanity has managed manufacture the notion of we need to fight for scarce resources and we have managed to use our 1% differences as a zero sum game.
The definition of a zero-sum game is if one side wins, the other side loses.
Whatever proportion of goodies Player A takes, by that exact amount is Player B’s stake diminished.
Those who see humanity as different believes in a world of scarcity.
Their point of view is predicated upon the notion that if they group is to survive and even prosper, they must take from those who are not like them. No other equation exists for them. They cannot conceive of any other world.
While we are undoubtedly progressing as a species in our ability to put that 0.1% in perspective, there is a lot more work to be done.
Martin Luther King Jr said:
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
In saying so, he acknowledged the challenges involved with changing minds. But, he also reminded us that:
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
No challenge is an excuse for us to take action for causes that matter.
When you reach out to see, understand, witness, and acknowledge, it is always pleasantly surprising how humans are all the same even in their diversity.