It’s Monday the start of a new week a call to action to embrace new opportunities, to strive to be better today then I was yesterday. I will not be jaded by setbacks from my past. I will use them as learning experiences and inspiration to overcome any adversity that may come my way moving forward.
Mondays are a fresh new canvass waiting for me to paint my future on. I will not paint it in black and white rather I will use bold strokes and daring colors. I will not remain within the lines that society says I must instead I will paint outside the lines with the knowledge that nothing is impossible if I dare to dream.
Monday a blank canvass, a new beginning, a chance to seize the possibilities of greatness.
I often find myself gazing up at the night sky awed by the magnitude of the universe. So many stars with numerous planets revolving around many of them. In such vastness is it possible that we are all alone. The odds alone would seem to say no, that somewhere out there are other intelligent life. But what if their isn’t what if Earth is special. Teeming with various species this wonderful blue ball we call home travels around the sun not to close and not to far just the right distance to sustain life as we know it. The moon is our constant companion as we journey through space unique in its size to that of Earth compared to other planet’s satellites. Acting as a defense to shield us from asteroids and comets that would have otherwise impacted Earth. As well as serving as a major player in the evolution of life on Earth. Could all these factors just have been luck. Is life on Earth something that defied the odds and is unlikely to have happened anywhere else or is it all part of a master design.
Since science has taught us about the creation of the universe and the evolution of life here on Earth it has been at odds with the concept of creationism. But what if there is some truth to both? What if there is a higher force that started it all? What if the existence of the universe in all its wonder is developing the way science teaches us but is doing so as part of a higher force’s grand design if that is so why are we unique, as far we know, in the vastness of space? That question itself begs the answer to a another question. What are we here for, what are we meant to do, meant to be?
Since the beginning of mankind we have found ways to hate, subjugate, and kill each other based on whatever excuse is convenient at the time. We have evolved to the point that not only are we a danger to each other but to our most important living force, Mother Earth. Clearly this could not be our purpose. We must have a greater significance or our very existence is pointless. After all when all the prejudices that fuel our hate are wiped away we are all the same. We may look different, speak different languages, live on one side of a imaginary lines we have divided this planet into or the other but we are all human reliant on this beautiful blue ball that we seem to take for granted as we continue to abuse her.
I choose to believe that if we embraced each other, showed compassion to each other and stopped our abuse of the planet we would be able to connect as a whole, each individual with each other and subsequently with the Earth itself. The sheer thought of what that connection would unleash within us, what we could accomplish as a species is beyond description and maybe just maybe that is what we are meant to accomplish. Maybe the higher force gave us the ability to make our own decisions to see if we would embrace the concept of unity. To see if we could work together to uplift each other, to build a better society one in which all individuals would live without the fear of hunger, homelessness, poverty, terrorism and war. If that truly is our ultimate purpose we are a long way from realizing it. But we have taken baby steps in the right direction as the fictional Captain Kirk once uttered – We are a promising species and maybe in a thousand years or so we’ll be able to prove it. After all our existence is unique now we must prove we are worthy of that.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup has ended with France as the winner. During the Cup there were bars all over America packed with Americans proudly rooting on their country of national origin. Throughout Americans proudly celebrate their heritage. For example Italians proudly represent Italy through their food among other things. Mexicans do the same with Mexico and of course the Irish show their pride on St. Patrick day. As with the St. Patrick day parade all major cities have numerous parades and celebrations throughout the year. In NYC alone there is the West Indian day carnival, Greek Independence Day parade, National Tartan Day Parade which celebrates the day of Scotland’s day of independence, Chinese New Year festival and many others. This diversity is really what has made America great. As Martin Luther King Jr. stated.
“ individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
Diversity isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength it Is the signature of America, people of all cultures rising above their own concerns to create, innovate and overcome obstacles to move this country forward. America is at its best when it seeks out diverse points of view, and looks for new insights.
Yet today there is a growing sediment among a segment of America who want to rebuke this diversity. Their weakness is the desire to surround themselves with people who look and think like them. Afraid to learn about other races and cultures rather content to remain isolated and stoke their own prejudices based on a fear of the unknown. As Captain Kirk said
“ The prejudices people feel about each other disappear when they get to know each other.”
This fear of diversity and is counter to the ideal of what America was meant to be. Right at the beginning of America’s Declaration of Independence these words are written“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” The key word is All not some. Not only those from (insert country) or sexual orientation or cultural background and while this country has at many times struggled to live up to those words it has embraced them enough to make it the country it is today. We must continue to move forward with the concept of diversity not step back and isolate ourselves. For Isolation only leads to a society that stifles creativity and innovation and eventually withers away and dies.