Wednesday, August 24, 2011
“As world events reflect, we remain far from mastering the art of human relations. We have invented no technology that will guide us to the destinations that matter most.
After two world wars, the Holocaust, multiple genocides, and countless conflicts, we must ask how long it will be before we are able to rise above the national, racial, and gender distinctions that divide us, and embrace the common humanity that binds us.
The answer depends not on the starts or some mysterious forces of history; it depends on the choices that you and I and all of us make.” ~ Madeleine Albright
Nothing tears people more apart than pointing out what separates them from one another rather than what binds them. Take any natural disaster and suddenly nationality, race, gender or political affiliation doesn’t matter anymore. People unite for the common good of solving the problem at hand.
As the saying goes, “Where attention goes energy flows”. When you focus on what divides us, even more things that divide us will come to mind. Things that you didn’t even give much thought to now rise to the surface and become important simply because you put your attention on it. However when you focus on what binds us you can actually feel yourself becoming more calm and relaxed. Try it.
I’ve traveled to many places around the world and for the most part everybody is the same. They want the same things out of life like raising a happy and healthy family, finding fulfillment in their work and being able to worship in their own way. There are things that are understood in any culture like laughter and compassion. These are the things that we should be focusing on instead of our differences.
The real kicker is you and I have the power to bind us rather than divide us by the choices we make every day. It could show up in what we do or say.
Make the call.