When Humanity Becomes One

When Humanity Becomes One

We talk a lot about the differences among us, the things that make us unique, and different from each other. No two people are the same, we often remind ourselves.

But what really makes our differences important?

Is it just to differentiate us based on gender, colour, race, or ethnicity or there is something more to our differences than the mere fact that we are different?

I do think that the focus of our being is not on our differences or uniqueness, but on who we are as collective, Humans. Just as we have different cells in our bodies that have different shapes and sizes, what is most important about them is not their various shapes and sizes, but how they fit into the collective.

Aristotle said, “the whole is more than the sum of its parts”. And this makes so much sense in relation to the idea being discussed. The sum of our uniqueness does not measure up to the entirety of who we are.

I have heard this over again, and I strongly believe in it – “we are humans first”. Before anything else, we are humans. Humanity comes before gender, race, religion, ethnicity, and academic or career achievements.

In reality, our uniqueness binds us together, rather than sets us apart from each other. As much as we preach the message of “standing out”, we should also understand that we are not standing out to be separate from the collective. What makes us stand out is our ability to connect to the next person, not detach from them.

We are living in very interesting times, where comparison is the food for survival. We compare ourselves to each other, with the aim of bettering each other. How much better can you really get from the other person?

What we fail to realize is that in our quest to be better than the next person, we are forgoing the most essential part of our essence, who we are, and our role in the collective. Instead of being better than the other person, we were called to help each other be better through our differences.

I have always wanted to be a better version of myself. I fail a lot of times, especially when I compare myself with other people in my space. But I have realized that one of the most powerful forces we have as human beings is HOPE. Have you seen that good or bad, people do have faith in what they believe?

Well, people would have different views on the significance of hope in our lives. Some would even prefer that it was never part of human nature. But if we lived hopelessly, do you really think anyone of us would be alive today?

Think about the medieval days when human beings mostly survived based on their instincts. Medicine, technology, art, and so on were very basic and developing. But they still had to survive. They had to feed, cure diseases, defend their territories, and make a living. Without hope, humanity would not have survived those days, there would not have been people that would give their all to ensure the advancement of society and knowledge disciplines.

Every time a new technology is developed, a new discovery is made, that is the power of hope at work in humanity.

I hope you now understand that our differences do not make us different from others, they put us in a better place to connect with them because we can only be better together

What do you think?

Written by Temitope

Temitope Durotoye is a Hope and Self Discovery Advocate. He is proudly African and loves to see young Africans be the best versions of themselves.

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