Well…you’ve heard this a million times. We are all different; whether it’s the guy traveling to work in a chauffeur driven limousine or the guy riding the train. But while we focus on the “individuality” of our being different, we may not be as quick to realize that everyone else is “just as different” as we are. Sounds confusing, but let explain what I mean. It may (or may not) make more sense when I’m done.
It seems that people spend more time objecting to the views of others, than they do agreeing with them. You see it in social media, print, television…just about everywhere. There is no better example than when you watch two or more “experts” on a subject (any subject) argue why one is right and the other is wrong. This is because we as individuals see things differently. We are all unique.
Yet, being unique hides – or allows us to hide – the obvious similarities that we as human beings unavoidably share. For starters, regardless of race, color, sex, or religious orientation; we all have an expiration date, and with few exceptions, we don’t know what that date is. When we’re young, we’re blissfully unaware of such possibilities, but as we age we begin to realize that any day could be “the day”. This may explain why we are more measured in our actions the further along we are in the game. Of course, we may just be moving slower…but it is more likely that we’re more aware of the ramifications of our actions.
We are designed to be bipedal, and all still need to put our pants on one leg at a time. I’m sure there’s a YouTube video of someone disproving that statement, but I’ll assume it’s still true.
We need to eat, drink, and breathe air. Being deprived of any of those three will speed along that expiration date that was mentioned earlier.
Most of us are capable of emotion and rational thought, compassion, and caring. Yet we are just as capable of ignoring all those things when the mood dictates. So…are we really that “unique”?
Naïveté may also be something we have in common. If we think we are truly unique, we aren’t looking at the big picture.