Personally, I believe that we should always strive to improve ourselves. I am not a very religious man, but I feel that it is necessary to learn about the world’s religions. All-in-all, it doesn’t change my standing on the subject, but it has enlightened me to other people’s beliefs and culture. We’re all human, but it seems like many try to pry at the minute differences between us to create conflict.
In the long run it is pointless. We all live separate lives in an essence. Our goals and desires should be chased after, they are our own personal and independent struggles, but during the process we need to be respectful to our fellow man. I live in a nation that is woefully confused. We call ourselves Democrats, Republicans, and Independents and we fight for everything and nothing. I’m proud to live in an age that is providing voice to the people, but I am equally saddened by the violence and hate that has led to the finding of our voice.
I read and listen to people spew their hate for gays, blacks, women, Muslims, Jews…anyone they can think of, when in all actuality they hate themselves the most and that is why they act out in bigotry and ignorance. We are all people living together as one. In the words of two of my greatest mentors, Robert Schultz and Bob Marley, “One love. One heart.”
We are of one and we need to rally as one. We are not a world of socialists, whites, Americans, Asians, Christians, and Catholics we are a world of people, and if we put as much effort into understanding each other as we did hating each other we would learn to love the life we live and in turn live the life we love.
We, as a people, need to educate ourselves, and not in the traditional sense. College is not a necessity anymore. We live in an age where true wisdom comes from others. We need to read, write, and converse. We need to debate and draw. We need to watch the world as it is, instead of trying to force it be something it can never become.
No matter what religion, race, or creed you belong to there is one certainty about life that we can all agree on: we have at least one shot, and we should make it count. Leave a legacy of knowledge and love for your children, not one of hate and bigotry.
There is only one label: human.
One love—one heart.