I was listening to a panel conversation with Norman Leer, and he said something to the effect that he realizes people are just another version of him, we are all the same.
We are all human. We: live, love, feel pain, desire, hope and hate.
The people who populate the world are just another version of you.
We are trying to do two things on average, the first is solve our problems, the second is to have a good time. Both of those things are subjective to the person’s bent, but those are the two things we are all trying to do at all times. The Zen Buddhist is trying to have a good time when she or he meditates. The school children are trying to solve a problem when they scan the playground for their friends, so they can have a good time. What is great is these two things can be done at the same time. Adults realize that and pursue their passions, or long for meaningful work. But in the end, we all want the same things. We want to enjoy our lives and have better problems. Yes, we are unique, but I think it is time that we start celebrating our commonality and using that to help people feel less alone, less of an outsider, less friendless, less than human, and more connected, more empathy, more love, and more belonging. As I see it, it is the only way to make a better future for all.