Mutual Connection or Distant Desire?

Jonathan Lindblom
Oct 19, 2015 · 2 min read
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People are inherently different. Differences in everything make the world continue to exist. Differences, however, have been central to conflicts in just about every living being ever. People love to interact with those around them as we are all social creatures in one form or another. Despite this, hatred seems to perpetuate between those who are different and rival each other. To say world peace is a likely outcome is preposterous; to believe and act on one another’s differences positively, however, is an attainable goal that is a step in the right direction. How can we as a society do this? This question has no simple answer and is beyond my realm of understanding and wisdom. This is a query I have an equal curiosity and confusion about. Differences can be put in a positive light (as can anything else). The question is not if it is possible, but how to achieve the goal. The answer, for now, is still ambiguous. We must find an answer to create an understanding and collectively find a solution to the issue of differences.

A connection with another person on any level can be the most desirable and rewarding feeling someone can hope to feel. Connections between people with different gender, religious beliefs, ethnicities, or even tastes in music is what makes humanity great. Racism and prejudice takes away this greatness. People as a whole have every opportunity to be great. This idea is shown (unforunately not enough) in the news, on social media, and even word of mouth. Differences, however, create a split between people that can take away every bit of peace that remains. Humanity must find a way to embrace difference on a large scale. As humanity grows, the divide between each and every person does as well. This divide should not be tolerated nor accepted as an absolute. Charlie Chaplin said in “The Great Dictator”, “I should like to help everyone — if possible — Jew, Gentile — black man — white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness — not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone”. The second of the question is then an equally simple and complex concept. How do people as a society celebrate and acknowledge differences without creating them as a platform for hostility and hatred?

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