I was watching a very captivating film that, in my humble opinion, I think every human on this planet should take to heart. In it, I found a quote from one of my personal heroes. Wiser words are rarely ever spoken. Please take this to heart, and pass these words on to everyone.
"An extraterrestrial visitor examining the differences between human societies would find those differences trivial compaired to the similarities.
Our lives, our past and our future are tied to the sun, the moon and the stars. We humans have seen the atoms that constitute all of nature and the forces that sculpted this work.. and we, who embody the local eyes and ears and thoughts and feelings of the cosmos have begun to wonder about our orgins... starstuff contemplating the stars, organized collections of ten billion billion billion atoms contemplating the evolution of nature, tracing that long path by which it arrived at consciousness here on the planet Earth. Our loyalties are to the species and the planet. Our obligations to survive and flourish are owed not just to ourselves but to the cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we sprang.
We are one species. We are starstuff harvesting starlight." --Carl Sagan.
I could not have phrased these thoughts so perfectly. Carl Sagan is not telling us we humans are one. He is not denoting the horrors of racism or classism. He is not decrying religion, nor debasing the value of human life. He is telling us, we are one with all things, for all things spring from the same place. This universe, all of us, all our thoughts, all we know, experience, and dread.. From the wealthyest human, to simple shards of glass, or the flowers of a spring field.. We are one; for we all stem from the same origin.
When we make war, we war with ourselves. When we steal, we steal from ourselves. There is naught we can do, that is not done to ourselves. All things we love, are ourselves. And all things we hate, are ourselves. Therefore, all people must be enlightened to this unifying fact, for in enlightening others, we enlighten ourselves. Through the bettering of this universe, we achieve personal perfection. Only when all people strive for peace, and only when all people strive to be this reality's wardens will there ever be a utopia worth living in. If even one of us is left behind to suffer, then we as a seemless whole are drawn inexorably into that very same anguish.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post.