It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

We Live Together And That Makes Us Strong

May 25th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 57 secs

What does the fact that we live together really mean?

What does the fact we live together really mean?

Wherever we are we live together. Despite all our differences, together we are the people of the world and our diversity is our strength.

With so many contrasts in the way we think, act, and feel, our disparate ways might seem a disaster. Given our different beliefs, cultures, and attitudes to what is best it’s hardly surprising they are a catalyst for conflict. Yet, the fact that we live together on this world compels us to either find solutions or else go down the no-win road.

It’s understandable that we are drawn to what we understand. There is a reassuring comfort in the familiar and an uneasy uncertainty about what we don’t understand. Like a custom, a manner of dress, or speech that, to us, doesn’t make sense.

Fear comes easily (too easily). While, thinking through matters requires calm minds. To comprehend that we live together in a place that is rarely ever more than 24 hours away by plane or a click away on the Web takes consideration. Sadly, a lot of people don’t reflect, preferring to stay with the prevailing influence of impulse.

That’s the bad news, isn’t it? We are still blighted by thinking tribally. But our big world is no longer so big that we can dismiss the reality that, actually, we live together. Somehow, we have to work our problems out, and, fortunately, our “problem” is also our solution.

Rather than our differences being our basic weakness, our diversity gives us influence. People the planet over have interests, abilities, and passions in untold forms. Somebody is interested in science. Another: in society. Somebody else is engrossed in art, faith, business, and so it goes. We are all good in our own realms but not that great in others. Our might, therefore, is in our variety if we appreciate that we live together rather than apart.

To achieve many of the big things we need both an understanding of commonality and also a sense of togetherness. You could even say that, today, everybody who refuses to accept that we live together is diluting our collective strength and working against the benefits that sensible cooperation can bring.

Historically, it has always been like that. Nations opposing nations and, sometimes, fighting themselves. Apart from being nasty it’s inevitably destructive. To do more we need more hands working together, along with hearts willing to share in caring, and minds teaming up to find better solutions. Accepting that we all live together is the first step in achieving greater respect for humanity’s remarkable diversity.  In both everyday and future senses, it’s great we are so wonderfully different. But now, with all of our powerful communication resources, it’s time we realize the benefits.


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