If the past couple of years has taught us anything, it’s that we can not afford to ignore the common good. The COVID-19 pandemic showed us that the world is bigger than our backyard. What we do affects others, and what others do affects us. This month, the conflict between Ukraine and Russia has heightened awareness of the roles our nations play in the everyday inner workings of humanity. But what about our everyday life?
Much like most people don’t concern themselves with global affairs, it’s easy to insulate oneself from what happens with your neighbor. It’s even easier to divest from the well-being of the person next to us as “not my business. It is most convenient to dismiss your actions and choices as “not hurting anyone.” Let’s not believe that it doesn’t matter because it absolutely does. (Play the reel below for a reminder of why.)
What you do matters. With COVID-19, we learned that our precautions may not mean as much for our able-bodies selves, but may mean life or death for our compromised neighbors. We learned from the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Brianna Taylor, and countless others that all lives don’t matter until EVERY life does. What would have happened in 2020 if 4.5% of voters had decided their votes didn’t count anyway?
Humanity: One Piece, Many Threads
Humanity is not held together by a singular effort. Just like threads in a piece of fabric, every one of us is a vital piece in making our families, communities, and the world at large a whole functioning work. Our lives running in the same direction is the framework for a common goal. Others with different walks of life, running in different directions, offer balance and color. Weaving those differences together harmoniously offers strength. We don’t even notice the singular threads that make up a tapestry, but if you pull one it unravels and becomes less whole than it would be. If you pull more than one, the whole thing splits.
Whether the impact is great or small, the world around you would unravel a bit without you and your unique contribution. YOU ARE NECESSARY. YOU MATTER.
What does your thread add to humanity? Toot your horn below in the comments!