I, like most of you, have been fortunate enough to be born in a country and situation of stability. I have never heard the sounds of bombs dropping from the sky, I have never seen bodies blown to pieces, I have never watched a child deliriously cry after being pulled out of rubble and learning their parents have died. I have never had to worry about starvation. I have never had to worry about a mob of men raping me. I have never had to surrender my life to hopelessness. This is all because I was fortunate enough to be born in a place other than Aleppo, Syria. A place other than South Sudan. A place other than Yemen. A place other than Burundi. A place other than many other places in this world. Humanity’s shadow side is incredibly dark. However, the biggest disappointment is the complacency of those of us so far removed from the situation. The self-consumed attitude. As if what is happening over the Atlantic will never arrive at our door. As if we don’t have the foundations to birth a place of viable instability. As if we don’t have a responsibility to our fellow human beings. WTF humanity?!WTF?! “The world has always been on fire.” But that is because complacency has kept us all from believing we hold the bucket of water needed to extinguish it.
So you hate…you hate, because you believe what is different is not right. You hate because you see with your eyes, instead of your heart. You hate because you follow a narrow path, instead of realizing the paths are many.
But once you realize, hate is simply caused by misunderstanding….you may love.
You may love what is different because you now know, the difference is what makes a “thing” the beautiful “thing” that it is.
You may love because your heart sees hearts. It does not see the labeled shells we wear, begging for the validation from other egos.
You may love because the beauty of life is the journey….and in the end, our destinations are the same. To go back to become dust.
What is different, is not wrong. What is hate, is what is wrong…and hate has never made this world a better place.
Humans of New York (HONY) is currently sharing stories from refugees in Europe. These are stories that need to be read and shared. It is easy to remain disconnected from what is happening across the sea or across the border, but we are ONE world, ONE human race, ONE love.