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People and fools

We must learn to live together as brothers, or we will perish together as fools.
– Martin Luther King Jr.

What a world of diverse people of all ages and cultures around me. Today, I can appreciate how our difference can make us stronger.

They say the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We see that in so many ways, whether it’s sports teams or entire communities. When everybody is working towards a common goal and not towards individual desires, they can achieve miracles.

Diverse people bring unique experiences and points of view. Everyone has faced the same types of problems in different ways, and it’s in these differences that we can truly achieve the miraculous.  Adapt our way with the lessons from theirs and their way with the lessons from ours.

This doesn’t sound like me. It sounds like me trying to sound important or profound. I write that way sometimes and then I go back and wonder where I was in all this mess.

It’s the voice I wrote in when I was trying to impress teachers in school, trying to sound all academic and mature. Maybe it’s why I hated writing in high school; I never wrote as me.

What can I appreciate about all the diverse people around me? I can appreciate how hard many of them worked. I can appreciate that I don’t always make it easy for others. I can be petty and selfish at times. I try to appreciate the differences, and sometimes I succeed. I like to learn about other people, how they lived, what brought them to this place and time.

I find it all very interesting. Once I get invested, I have no problem opening up. I like exploring the diversity. I like discussing how we are different and what that means.

I like people. Some people don’t get it, but that’s okay.

I do.

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