We’re All Human

Those who know me, know that I’m a fan of hip hop. More specifically I’m a fan of artists who tell a story through their lyrics. I’ve recently been listening to an artist named Logic, and a song from his new album called Everybody has the kind of message I want to hear.

On the inside we’re all the same

In the chorus of his song the first line is “Everybody people, everybody bleed, everybody need something”. This is a message to spread, because the truth of the matter is that on the inside we’re all the same. No matter what color you are on the outside, what country you come from, we all breath and bleed the same. As I wrote in my article yesterday we all need to learn to love each other, even if it’s just a little bit more. If you look at Canada, where I’m from, for the most part we have learned to accept different races and cultures. In fact we often celebrate different traditions and rituals, growing up it actually made school more fun. I’m no expert on religion, but from speaking with friends who practice different religions I have noticed that at the core they all share similarities. One of the biggest messages they all seem to support is the acceptance of others. I know for myself I’d love to continue learning about world cultures and religions because at the end of the day it brings the world a little closer to home.

More talking, less watching

The media is probably one of the biggest culprits for misguiding the public, as they’re usually not telling the entire story. As Logic says “Turn on the television and see the vision they feed us”. If we spent more time getting to actually know people rather than listening to what mainstream media has to say I think we’d be pleasantly surprised. In no way am I perfect, but I believe I’ve made an effort to do this throughout my life. In any place that I’ve worked I’ve always tried to get to know everybody, and because of Canada’s multiculturalism it’s safe to say there are many cultures in any one place. I had no problem sparking up a conversation to ask someone about their beliefs, practices, traditions, and also about their food. I know the last one seems funny, but to be honest food is a great introduction to any culture. There is a show called Huang’s World that I enjoy watching, and I remember the host Eddie Huang in one episode comparing food to an icebreaker. In most cases it is one of the first things that we tend to share with each other. I’m married to a Filipino, and before I knew much about their culture and traditions, I was already tasting and loved the food. So if you want my opinion, get out there and get to know your neighbors, involve yourself in the community and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

I’m aware these problems aren’t going to be fixed overnight, as some of them have been going on for decades, if not centuries. As the saying goes though, Rome wasn’t built in a day and world issues won’t be solved in a day either. The sooner we start making an effort though, the closer we can get in our lifetime.

Until Tomorrow

Brian Almeida

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