Change Your Perspective
About a month ago, I watched a TED Talk by Hugh Evans about being a Global Citizen, and it really changed the way I look at my life and the world around me. One thing he said that truly resonated with me was, “A Global Citizen is someone who self-identifies first and foremost not as member of a state, tribe or nation, but instead as a member of the human race.” This quote really struck me, and it got me thinking. Things like race, religion and nationalism don’t unite people, but divide. This TED Talk really changed my perspective.
I started to think about the people I care about, regaredless of race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, and any other trait that might put them into a seperate group. After looking past all of these things, I realized that behind all of those labels, the people I care about are just like me. They have skin and bones, and a heart, and lungs, and blood, and a brain. We are all human above all else. Labels divide the human race, not unite. In light of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, people are concerned about your party affilation, or who you are voting for, instead of about increasing divide among our people.
The second I started thinking on a global scale, was the second I realized that labels and divisions are the core to our world’s problems. When you see a homeless man on the street, don’t think up an excuse not to stop. Think of the man for what he is, a human. Just like you. So stop, maybe give him some loose change, or just have a short conversation to make his day. We are better people when we look past labels, and we treat each other like equals, and like humans. I am a Global Citizen. You should be too.