Today, people emphasize their differences from one another. It leads to argument, broken relationships and in a larger context – war.
Yet, science tells us we are all closely related and pretty much the same.
One scientific study by Dr. Georgia Purdom of Ohio State University indicates that the genetic variation between all people is .1 per cent.
The Journal of Nature, based on DNA studies from 3 teams of geneticists, has concluded that every human being living outside of Africa comes from the same population migration out of that continent which took place 50 to 80,000 years ago.
Other researchers now say that, going back even further, every single one of us came from Adam and Eve and we haven’t changed much since those days.
Whatever you believe in terms of our history, we humans are the same in far more ways than we are different.
What if we emphasized our common ground?
What if we reached out a helping hand because that person who is hurting is just like us? (And we could easily be in their shoes if circumstances were different).
Our hope for peace, our need to be loved and our limitless capacity to create for the common good exist in us all.
Instead – it is our differences we look at. The color of our skin, our languages, our politics, and our nations, which fight for land and supremacy.
Even in our personal lives at work and at home – differences take center stage. “He’s an oddball” “She is so pushy” “They’re not our kind.”
I’m going to make a personal pledge that in 2018, I will look for all of the things I have in common with others. I won’t need to look far, because we all want to be liked, validated and praised.
When you think about it – putting the emphasis on common ground is not only a pathway to harmonious relationships, it’s also good business sense.
Yes, we have differences. But we share so much more.