What unites us?
There is so much that divides us. Our backgrounds, our politics, our religions—our football allegiances—but mostly our fears and misperceptions. All these divisions make for conflict, and conflict makes good entertainment, and good entertainment makes money. But it doesn’t make us any richer: it makes us isolated and angry. What is there that unites us?
Three things come to mind to start:
1. We were all born.
2. We will all die.
3. We all have a story.
#1 is cause for ongoing celebration. #2 is cause for ongoing appreciation. #3 is cause for ongoing listening. Hearing each other’s stories we will no doubt find even more that unites us…hardship, loss, hope, laughter. The list is ongoing.
How can we mine that list? How can we use it to more fully and sincerely come together?