“… all life is interrelated. We are … all tied into a single garment of destiny.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
While writing my posts on Romania, one thought stopped me mid keyboard stroke. Am I highlighting differences between people while showing another part of the world, another culture?
The answer struck me as remarkable — no matter where we hail from or our cultural differences, we are so much alike.
Let me take a step back and say: we are poles apart in many ways.
If you travel to Romania, and venture outside major cities, you’d be lost without a guide. People don’t speak your language, they prepare dishes you’ve never heard of, live in houses different from yours, have opinions you might find offensive, and the list goes on.
Having lived in two different countries, on two continents, I know one thing for sure: at our very core we are exactly alike. Brothers and sisters. One and the same.
We spend our lives in search of love, acceptance. The competition for resources, the need to be with like-minded individuals, causes us to gather in groups, but the differences are minor compared to the similarities.
We know that genetically humans share some 97% of their genes, no matter the race. The difference is not physical, but ideological. Even that is similar in general, but when it comes to sharing resources, and power, that is when differences are highlighted.
Why am I even going there? As an immigrant I’m aware, or have been made aware, of the Us and Them thought. Maybe this is only so with immigrants, I don’t know.
In L.A., where I live, every nationality is represented, every language spoken. A huge, universal group sharing one big place. While folks cry for inclusion, they remain divided in groups of their making. That’s normal, sure. That also makes people wary of one another. Creates the Us and Them groups.
I want to encourage the opposite with this month-long posting. I want to show you another part of the world as a way to invite nothing but warm fellowship, understanding.
Thank you for allowing me this short interlude — or, let’s just call it speech :). Give me yours in the comments section if you’d like.
Tomorrow, come meet Eugen Jebeleanu, Romanian poet, friend and later enemy of the Party. Happy A-Zing one and all! We can do this.
Image: Crowd of people, videopress wordpress.