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I know I’m not the first person to ponder what if and I probably won’t be the last.
Even as a child, I would question the way we humans treated each other while at the same time I know full well that, at times, I’ve treated people differently based solely on their appearance or status.
Why do I do that?
I clearly remember wishing that humans would intentionally start marrying people outside of their race and having children. My child-mind wondered how many generations it would take before we all looked alike, spoke the same language and adopted similar values and beliefs.
I still find myself yearning, praying and wishing because isn’t every person worthy?
Isn’t every life sacred?
Realistically, I know that there’s probably no chance we will all become one people, with one language and value system but…
What if it didn’t matter if you were black, white, red or yellow?
What if it didn’t matter if you were politically left, right, or in the middle?
What if it didn’t matter if you were educated, uneducated, employed or unemployed?
What if it didn’t matter if you lived in a mansion, an apartment, a hut or on the streets?
What if it didn’t matter if you were rich, poor, or somewhere in between?
What if it didn’t matter if you were Christian, Jewish, Muslim or something else?
What if it didn’t matter if you were straight, gay, bisexual or trapped in the wrong gender?
What if it didn’t matter if you were fat, skinny, short, or tall?
What if it didn’t matter if you were physically ill, mentally ill, or healthy?
What if it didn’t matter if you were young, middle-aged or ancient?
What if it didn’t matter if you were happy, sad, alone or overwhelmed in a crowd?
What if your status wasn’t determined by birth, religion, gender, or economics?
What if it didn’t matter if your hair was blond, brown, red, black or purple?
If your eyes were blue, green, brown or black?
If you spoke Hebrew, Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Polish, German, Russian, or Pig Latin?
If you were Asian, African, European, North American, Hispanic, or Middle Eastern?
If you had a high or low IQ, EQ or cholesterol level?
What if you understood that at your core…
that in essence we are all spiritual beings
who just happen to have a variety of different outer shells and experiences?
What if all that mattered was that you had good character and integrity…
that you strove to find beauty and goodness and meaning in others and in all that you do?
that you were:
Kind to others
Generous to a fault
I want to make a conscious effort to live these values in my life. I know I won’t always be successful, there will be days when I fall short but if I can become aware of the times I don’t quite measure up, I can correct myself and begin again.
What do you think? What are some of the things you could do differently?
Every now and then I look at the links WordPress recommends. I was quite moved by the link below. If you have a moment, give it a read. It really is quite powerful.
- What Will Matter – Michael Josephson (tersiaburger.com)