“…and why? Because I’m a Jew. Doesn’t a Jew have eyes? Doesn’t a Jew have hands, bodily organs, a human shape, five senses, feelings, and passions?” ~ William Shakespeare (from the Merchant of Venice)
How does you feel when you’re called names like rock star, angel, hero and sweetheart? Pretty good right? Now, what if you’re called names like racist, bigot, homophobe and misogynist? Not so good, I’ll bet. So if each of us knows that it hurts, why do we call each other derogatory names? Do we not know the pain these words cause? Or do we just not care? Just because we disagree on religion, politics or the weather, does not mean that I am some name that clearly does not reflect the real me.
Perhaps Shakespeare said it best in his 16th century play titled “The Merchant of Venice”. In his monologue in Act 3, Scene 1, one of the characters, Shylock, says, “…Doesn’t a Jew eat the same food, get hurt with the same weapons, get sick with the same diseases, get healed by the same medicine, warm up in summer and cool off in winter just like a Christian?…” As divided we are as a nation, and even as a global community, we forget that each of us is the same under our skins. We each dream the same dreams and feel the same feelings.
We also forget something that unites us all. It also strengthens us. We forget that thru our diversity, we find strength. Rarely do two humans agree on all things but we each have ideas that can work together, if only we try.
Thought for the day: One person can’t save the world. Why not try today to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.
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