What is Difference?

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What is Difference?

By Tony DeLorger © 2013


What first comes to mind,

is that we are all the same, on this earth,

with the same aspirations, needs and wants.

What segregates us is superficial,

clothing, language, culture, belief, individuality,

and we who so view those aspects as divisive,

do not understand who we are in our potential.


The world is a small place,

filled with humanity and divided into countries,

into religious and political beliefs,

divided by cultural limitations

and a fear of difference,

each facet a counter to acceptance,

and out of fear, judged and therefore rejected.


Difference should be the spice of our lives,

how we learn from one another,

how we broaden our perspective

and discover how similar we are in our search for a happy life.

What now divides us should be the key to peace,

not the reasoning for contention and ignorant hatred,

in the pursuit of security and supposed peace.


Fear is the master of an ignorant mind,

one ill-equipped to see beyond the conditioning and lies

perpetrated by politicians, racists, religious zealots,

and all those who gain from control and negative propaganda

in the pursuit of money and power.

Regardless of origins, if we simply sit and listen to our neighbours,

we quickly realize that thread of humanity that runs through all our veins.


Difference dose not mean anything more

than the colour of the shirt you wear,

so why do we fear it with such ferocity and indignation,

when what we want in life is the same?



When difference is celebrated not condemned, the world will be a more peaceful place.'

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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks starbright; glad you enjoyed it and thanks for taking the time to comment.


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starbright 3 years ago from Scandinavia

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Love it. Voted and shared.

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