Four Truths We Can All Agree On

In our divided world, never forget these four things that make us human.

Posted May 28, 2018

In a world that feels more divided  than ever before in my own life time, we may forget  a simple human truth.  

We are not so different from anybody else.  There are things we can all agree on, and these things are the most important things in life. 

*We all want to be happy, safe, and well.  

*We all want to feel loved, respected, valued, protected, and in the flow of human connection.  

*We all want to  feel useful because being useful is the greatest antidote to despair.

*We want these things for our children as well.

Who can disagree?  When it comes to our deepest, most authentic longings, humans are more alike than different.

When we lose sight of our common humanity it's easy to de-humanize others. We forget the command to do  unto others as you would have them do unto you. Or, the parallel commandment: “Whatever is hurtful to you, do not do to any other person.” 

In the process of forgetting we not only diminish others, but we lose our own chance for real happiness. 

We can practice focusing on our commonalities rather than exaggerating our differences. We can take care to navigate our relationships in ways that enhance rather than diminish the other person. We can  practice kindness--and nothing is more important than that.