Mankind must share the obvious
Our link to one another.
How can we hate and ridicule
the one who is our brother?
Herman Melville once wrote, “We cannot only live for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow man. And along those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes. And then they come back to us as effects.”
Our world is a very diverse place and America has been a melting pot for centuries. Have you ever thought about what connects us all as human beings or if, indeed, there is a connection? We connect with people every day in our lives and jobs. But do we really connect with them in any significant ways?
Do you remember the scene in Remember the Titans when Denzel Washington’s character required his football team members to pair up with a teammate of a different race to learn about each other? It wasn’t met with joy by the players. It was the South of brutal racisim and most didn’t want anything to do with learning about their teammates unless they were of the same race. We aren’t born with those ideas, but learn them somewhere along the way. After they got to know each other, they realized what a blessing the coach had given them.
How do we begin to break down the barriers of racism and hate? We have to do it one person at a time. We have to open our hearts and minds to the possibility of our connection to one another as human beings, no matter the color of our skin. We must try to look through the differences on the outside to see the similarities on the inside.
Have a happy journey!