Daniel Fachting

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ll people are different. That being said, we are vastly more the same. Some of us are tall, some are short. Some are obese and some are skinny. Some are wealthy and some are poor. Some are old and some are in the womb. Some are gay and some are straight. Some are strong and others weak. Some are college educated and some are not. Some are brilliant and some are cognitively impaired.  Some people have dark skin and some have light skin, and on and on infinitum. Yet we are all more the same than different.  

We are the more same in that we all share over 99 percent of our genetic material. We have 24 chromosomes and only half of one of them is the genetic bases of physical gender, male and female, and even then, all males have female hormones, and all females have male hormones. Our original ancestors came from Africa and so we share a common ancestry. For those who believe in the Genesis account of the Bible, we all came from common ancestors, Adam and Eve. We all are created by God. I conclude that we are all siblings who have our origins in our creator.

Please, I do not intend to downplay our differences. They are real. Many of us and our ancestors have been injured by those who are different than ourselves. Many of us are racist, sexist, homophobic, and have latent prejudices to some degree. Self-examination and discussion with others make us more aware of these tendencies. None of us are innocent, especially those who prejudge, because of difference.  

Some people say we can find unity only when we overcome or do away with our differences. I disagree. I think it better if we celebrate our differences as gifts from our creator. If I have learned anything in my seventy-one years of life, it is that all of us are differently gifted by our creator and that because we are God’s kids, we have innate dignity, are sacred, and are siblings. It is better to recognize our differences, not to do away with them, but to celebrate them. Let us forgive those who have harmed us because we are different, so that we may appreciate and celebrate our sameness as siblings. All people are our brothers and sisters. Let love be our goal.

“May the Lord bless and keep you. May he let his face shine upon you and give you his peace.”

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