I do believe that this is true, every single person matters, to someone. Every person is a mother, father, son, daughter, niece, nephew, friend, or loved one. Every one of us matters to someone.
I see the hatred and racism, I hear it talked about at my store, on the news, and all over Facebook. People categorize and generalize, and group people into labels. But each of those people matters. Every one of us is a child of God, and a child of the Earth, and a child of two other people. Every one of those lives has a purpose, has a reason. Each one of those lives has been given a different set of talents, unique to that person, and they should have the opportunity to use them.
I know not all of us are the same religion, but that shouldn’t mean we can’t cooperate and learn together how to make this planet a better world for all of us. We’re not all the same color, but that shouldn’t make any difference; the color of one’s skin doesn’t make them any better or any less of a person. WE ALL MATTER!
But the power behind all of this nonsense, is FEAR. When we fear other people because of their color or their religion, or even their sexual preference, we are the losing team. God tells us to fear no man. But we do, we fear all kinds of things, but mostly, we fear anything different than us. We fear the differences in culture, in language, and in morals. We fear that someone will try to make us change, and we fear change of any kind.
But the world is changing every minute, every second. The world changes and we change too, even if we’re afraid. I am not the person I was 40 years ago, 4 years ago, 4 days ago. My experiences in life change me every day. I learn new things everyday, and by learning those things, I am a different person, a wiser person. I go out of my way to learn about people and their cultures. I learn about them, their families, their hopes and dreams, and their own fears.
Education is the key to stop FEAR in its tracks. The more you know about something, the harder it is for you fear it. I have friends and relatives who are gay, transgender, straight, black, brown, yellow, red, white, and even pink. I have friends and relatives who are Atheist, Christian, Muslim, Pagan, and even a couple who are witches. I don’t fear my friends, I want them to be happy and have joy and fullness in their lives. I want them to feel love and be loved, just as I want that for myself. I want them to be accepted for who they are, without feeling any type of oppression or fear from others or for others.
I challenge everyone to learn about the people who scare you. Before you stereotype a person into a label that you fear, try to meet them, befriend them. “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”, as Jesus once said, because once you start praying for them, they are no longer enemies, perhaps only friends you haven’t met yet. If we all work together, we can make this world, this country, this state, a better place; a place where all lives truly do matter. A place where we build each other up, look out for each other, and try to help each other understand why there should be no fear here. We are all brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and children. We are all in this world together. What a beautiful place it could be if we saw each person for who they truly are, if we could see their lives as valuable, just as we value our own. Each of us has value, each of us has a unique soul, and each of us has a worth. We just need to open our eyes and see that we are all the same, yet we are all different, and that is why each of us, each single life, matters.