We should celebrate our sameness more.
The things that make us all similar, our basic humanity and our universal desires for love and happiness, are not something to be ignored. These things that we all share are amazing, and we should celebrate them.
We need to deemphasize our differences and the things that divide us, and make a bigger deal about our commonalities. There is tremendous positivity in unity and in our sameness.
We put too great importance on physical differences like hair color, skin color, height, weight, and gender. Beneath it all we have the same internal organs and skeletal structures, these meat suits we define ourselves by are just the vessels of our souls. The substance beneath is a very different thing, and it is pretty amazing.
Even more than our physical differences, we give far too much focus and attention to our intangible differences. Nationality, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliations and similar unseen identifiers are given so much power, and yet do not truly define us.
What makes us different makes us unique, and it is good to have qualities tangible and intangible to self-identify. But the things that make us the same, the desires we have for happiness and for love, are the ultimate generators of positivity.
The things that divide us, the differences between us, are so readily used to incite anger, violence, injustice. We look at different races, religions, genders and sexual preferences and we fear the things that are separate about us. Why do these things matter so much to anyone other than ourselves? We are only effected by the differences if we focus on them and see them not as unique identifies, but as vehicles for our fear of the unknown, and fear of the different.
I do not know a single human being who does not want to be happy. I do not know any individual who does not want to love and be loved. Rather than seeking out and defining and fighting over the things that make us different, we need to celebrate that we are all the same. We need to work together to help one another find happiness and to love and be loved, because that would generate tremendous positivity.
When you see a person of a different skin color or gender than you; when you observe practitioners of a religion different from your own; when you are faced with someone who loves differently from how you love, don’t get caught up so much in what makes you different, and insubstantial fears about those differences – remember that, like you, they want to find happiness and love and to live a good life, too.
Stop dividing and conquering, and start uniting and encouraging. Division is rife with negativity, whereas unity is full of positivity. We need to come together more than we need to take apart. Celebrate what makes us the same, and make more positivity.
Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that when we are more similar than we are different, we can celebrate our affinities. When we choose to recognize that everyone, like us, wants love and happiness we forge powerful bonds, and in so doing so we empower ourselves. When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings. We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings. When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for. Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.
This is the one hundred twenty eighth entry of my Positivity series. It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone. Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.
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