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How Different Are We? A Follow Up Reflection

Updated on October 6, 2014

Laying the Groundwork


Last week I enlisted the help of my fellow authors from HubPages. I asked them to answer a very simple question: What is the most important thing in your life?

Since I know authors from all fifty states plus probably 100 countries, I wanted to get a sampling of answers from around the world. I was not disappointed. The United States weighed in on this topic, but I also heard from Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada and the Middle East. I am satisfied with the sampling I received so now we will turn to the purpose of the question.

I am happy to report that the answers were what I was expecting. They are as follows:

  • Family
  • Love
  • God
  • Contentment
  • Peacefulness
  • Health
  • Integrity
  • Compassion
  • Happiness
  • Peace of mind
  • Self-improvement
  • Laughter
  • And last but not least, a cheeseburger. J

Is that a beautiful list or what?

What Is Not on That List


Nowhere in the answers did I find greed. Nowhere did I find selfishness, hate or anger. I was pleasantly surprised that I did not find love of country in the responses and I was also happy that I did not find a particular religious affiliation.

There was no mention of rudeness and there was no mention of gathering a stockpile of weapons or possessions.

In fact, the answers reflect the most basic of needs; nothing more and nothing less.

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Take a Closer Look at That List


My first impression of that list of responses is that there is nothing on it that would cause disagreement or anger. We cherish family! Yes, I think it is safe to say that most of us do. We cherish love and happiness and most have a strong faith in God. Not one person said it was important to be a Catholic of a Jew, a Baptist or a Lutheran. They simply said they embraced their faith in God.

Not one person said that their way of life is better and not one person claimed that their family was more important than any other family. They simply said that they loved their family and they greatly appreciated contentment and peace of mind.

If all of that is true, and I have no reason to believe any of my followers lied to me, then we really are all the same in our basic needs. It would appear that we all seek the same things in life.

And if that is true, and I believe it is, then why is there so much hatred, greed, selfishness and unhappiness in the world? If we all want the same things, then why do we live in a world that reflects the exact opposite?

Conclusions I Have Settled Upon


I also have no doubt that if I were to ask the same question to the world’s leaders and to corporate CEO’s, I would receive the same answers. If I were to ask my question to military leaders and scientists, I would receive the same answers. If I were to poll the bankers, bakers, soldiers, housewives and the homeless, the same answers would be given. Do you doubt it?

So what is the only conclusion that I can draw from all this? Simply that many people do not walk their talk.

We do not live our words. We do not externalize that which we internalize.

In a very simplified form, here is what happens.

I am an average citizen in an average country. I love my family and I work hard to provide for them and to protect them. I am confused by the world around me because it seems there are unseen threats, and those threats concern me and yes, frighten me. I become distrustful of others because my fear is based on ignorance and a lack of knowledge.

My distrust and my fear lead me to take actions to make sure that my family and my way of life are protected. I surround myself with others who believe as I do, and the first steps of exclusion have been taken. Now it’s you and me against those who do not act as we do, and the chance of understanding and peace is diminishing.

Sound familiar?

An Important Message

What’s Your Point Bill?


Well I’m glad you asked, but really, I think you already know.

The point is that we are all the same. When we take a close look at our desires and needs, there is very little difference between the army sergeant in South Korea and the baker in Ontario. This writer in Olympia has more commonalities than differences with the monk in Nepal. If it were possible to airlift a shepherd from Portugal and drop him down in Cleveland, and allow him to sit and have coffee with a car mechanic there, they would find common ground almost instantly.

Take away the fear, which has been caused by ignorance, and it is entirely possible for two people of any nationality to come together in peace.

“If you smile at me I will understand, cuz that is something, everybody everywhere does in the same language.” CSN “Wooden Ships.”

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What Can We Do?


Do I believe that world peace is possible? Honestly, no! It is a lovely thought, and I’ll sit around the campfire with you and sing peace songs till the cows come home, but I don’t believe it is possible.

Do I believe that we can lessen distrust and increase peace on Earth? Most definitely!

And H.O.W. do we do that?

It begins with me. It is my responsibility to fear less and trust more. It is my responsibility to walk my talk, even if my political leaders have forgotten how to do so. It is my responsibility to be a living example of my priorities. If I believe in love then I need to be the poster boy for love. If I believe in compassion and empathy then by God I need to exhibit those traits.

If I reach out my hand to help, there will always be someone who grasps my hand, but we will never taste the sweet nectar of brotherhood if I keep my hand in my pocket and my heart in a secluded, gated community of distrust and greed.

It begins with me!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      "The sweet nectar of brotherhood!!" Amen Bill. It all starts with us. Awesome read my friend and so true.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      As Ann Frank said " I think most people are basically good". We all live with our weaknesses, problems, issues and sadness. I was glad to see all the positive responses you received. I still think that if everyone did one nice thing everyday..we would have a better world. Thanks for the great write.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I do think family comes first with me. I really want to know who said Cheeseburger..LOL. Was it my husband Bill? Haha

      I love your inspirational posts now let's see if I can figure out some nice thing to do today....:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jeff! I know you understand this message.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I believe that too, and I do, and I know you do as well. Now we have to spread the message. :) Thanks my friend; have a great Tuesday.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, our good friend Ruby (Always Exploring) added the cheeseburger line at the end of her serious comment...love it. :) Thanks buddy!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Just beautiful Bill! I have to disagree with you that peace is not possible. I do believe as we break down the barriers of misunderstanding and ingnorance and connect with each other, no matter where in the world we are, peace will be inevitable. I think the internet will be the anserw. I know I have internet friends from places as far away as India. I also believe as women in the world find their voice and take places of power we will see more compassion in our governments and businesses. I also believe prejudice is almost a thing of the past...almost! And that is amazing considering how rampant it was just thirty or forty years ago. We now see mixed race marriages as common. In a few generations we are all going to be a lovely shade of some light brownish color! I love how none of your respondants mentioned country or patriotism...I have always loved looking at pictures of our lovely blue planet and noticing it is NOT crisscrossed with lines and borders. We are overcoming ignorance and the fear that accompanies it with discussions like this and articles like you write. I love that Micheal Jackson song I'm Starting With The Man In The Mirror...(or in this case, woman). Great hub and thank you for your kind heart and starting this discussions.

      PS. In reading my own comment I realize I sound like a Polly Anna, which I have been accused of many times in my life and I hold on to to name with pride! If we were all Polly Anna's war would be a moot point!

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Like John said, "Imagine".

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, four words??? Are you ill???? LOL...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, we need more Polly Anna's in this world. Although I disagree with you simply because there will always be world leaders who do not care about world peace, and there will always be barbarism in 3rd world nations, I do think we can get closer to it than ever before. I have friends from around the world, and I do believe the internet has brought us closer, but the political arena is a different world altogether......having said that, I hope you are right and I am wrong.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 4 years ago from Singapore

      True. I agree that it starts with me and my mindset. Very interesting hub. For me, God comes first. Voted up. Keep on writing.

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      One step. One hand. One hug. One smile. And millions of little reasons (our children) to make the difference happen now. Brilliant, Bill. Lead us and we will follow with a glad heart. Thank you Sir!

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Lately, I read your hubs and leave with memories, hope, and love in my heart. Thanks for the Wooden Ships :)

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      Great Hub, as always, Bill. Your words make good sense, and I find it compelling to give away more smiles and become the strength for someone who needs it.

      I have always loved Michael Jackson's song, "Change". "It starts with the man in the mirror." Meaning, the change must start with me.

      Maybe you should become a motivational speaker.

      You are very good with bringing new ways of thinking to the table.

      Thank you, Bill.

      DJ.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bravo, excellent. This danged HOW thing reminds me everyday to a point where it is becoming a habit --- what a trip.

      Thanks

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      It is interesting that the same things are important to everyone. The trouble is religion starts many wars and everyone thinks their way of thinking is right. The last thing God wants is to have people hurt for religious reasons or is that just an excuse to justify what they do?

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Pure and simple, we are alike on so many levels. Jealousy, hatred, violence directed at others hurt us when they hurt.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Great hub, and you are so right. Even if we live in completely different worlds, there is not much difference between us. We are all human.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchi, I will indeed keep writing. What else would a writer do? :) thank you

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I've never been comfortable with leading others, but I am comfortable with walking side by side for a cause. :) Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alex, Wooden Ships has been one of my all-time favorite songs forever. I'm glad you liked it and thank you for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, motivational speaking is something I have thought about. As usual, I have too much on my plate and not enough time. Thank you for your kindness...now get out there and smile. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, that is as nice a thing as you could say to me...HOW is becoming a habit....thanks for that my friend.

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      Indeed it starts with moi! And we humans do have issues with walking the talk. But it is so very wonderful that when people do pause to answer what is most important to them that they respond with answers that reflect the human heart and spirit. Perhaps we need to ask ourselves that question every morning to start our day. That way we may get closer to walking the talk!

      Thank you, as always, Bill, for inspiring us to become better beings! And a great question__perhaps the only question that truly matters.

      Mucho hugs and blessings,

      Reba

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, it is so silly and yet so easy to understand. We align behind a religion or country, and toss in a global economic society where everyone has a stake in everyone else's business, and you have a recipe for war....all I know to do is raise awareness and try to change one person at a time.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MsDora, you got that right. :) Thank you my friend and blessings to you in Saint Kitts.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, we are indeed all human. I think you and I should be in charge of the world for a few months. We could straighten it out quickly. :) Thank you my loyal friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Reba, you are a wonderful human being and I'm proud to call you a friend. Nothing else needs to be said. :)

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      Renee Abbott 4 years ago from Arizona

      Very interesting hub, Billybuc. I too do not believe as a community, world or humans we will find peace as a whole. I do believe though we can create love and peace within ourselves. We need to hold ourselves accountable for our own thoughts. Pointing fingers at others, who we assume don't get it, is equal to those who point fingers at us.

      Peace and love is attainable within.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy this one is exceptional!....can we change the world you bet we can, but we can only do it by starting with ourselves and by example, the people around us.

      You made an important point, when you said people are not so different, we have the same needs and wants there are much more similarities than differences, we just need to learn to reach out to others, and here lies the rub; can we learn to trust each others motive?

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      As beautifully done as I've come to expect from your writing, Bill. I'm always amazed at how people seek to find differences and diversity rather than recognizing the extraordinary amount of shared traits, values, interests, and DNA we have with each other. I'm all about individuality, but treasuring that individuality also means recognizing that those "unique" traits are a very, very small proportion of the vast common ground we share as humans (and, to a great degree, as mammals).

      I hope someday we are enlightened enough to see the concept of "self" as much bigger than we see it now: ourselves as a plural and as sentient beings, not as tiny little islands competing for attention and resources.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Renee, your last line is the best and I totally agree. Thank you for the visit from sunny Florida.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I question whether governments will ever learn to trust one another, but I still have hope for individuals. :) Thank you my UK friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jennifer, I think your comment is more beautiful than my hub. LOL Very nicely said my friend, and thank you for the kind words about my writing.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Seriously Bill, you just have a way and I can't help, but smile when I read your words. Once again you have said it perfectly and have spoken a mouthful here. Thank you really for just being you!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, you are going to make me blush. Thank you for those kind words. I believe in walking the talk, so my words are only as good as my actions. :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      If we watch the news we know we have more than one group of people in this world who think they are the only groups who are right and who should live. They are on a mission to destroy the Christian and the Jew (or any religion not theirs) and we actually have Christian leaders trying to tie the Christian religion to one of these groups who do not believe in Jesus! As crazy as this sounds it is true. So anyway just referring to your words of do we live our words, this is one time as hard as it may be we had better. We share the same God with the Jew and I do not think they begrudge us our Jesus-who they are looking for as much as we the Christian are to return to earth. Why this would bother any other religion really should be crystal clear but regardless I see no way the world can hold hands...unless we are willing to deny our faith. Neither the Christian nor Jew today to my knowledge are worried about what others believe but there are others who simple want us destroyed and have said so, so how could the world ever be one? Not in this life. That is not to say we shouldn't do all we can to help and befriend those who are in need and want our hand in friendship.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I think if EVERY person on this earth were posed the question you posed to us, it would give the cause to pause and reflect. Perhaps if employers would gather their 'flock' periodically and remind them of what is truly important, not only would they prosper, but they would find ways to prosper without hurting the rest of us on this earth.

      I think those in power and/or high on the ladder lose sight of what is the one thing they cannot live without. Is it the Mercedes? The country club membership? The carte blanche to the Leer Jet? I think not. They've forgotten how to get in touch with themselves because they surround themselves with those who have also forgotten the real gems of life.

      Ask the question globally and what would be the answer?

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. It is good to see that most of us are on the same page. When it comes right down to it we really all are very much alike with the same priorities. Great hub and great message.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha my dear, stop by my blog on Facebook....I do believe you are mentioned there. :)

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, if we could only get governments to understand that simple concept we would all be much better off. :) Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, as I said in the hub, I don't believe for a second in universal peace. It simply won't happen. Too much hate in this world. However, we can lessen it, and even a small amount of lessening is better. :) Thank you so much for a great comment.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I was just there and left a comment. Thank you, my friend! I've also become published in the time since I made my leap. Whoo hoo! :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes you have, Sha, and it will just keep getting better. :) I'm proud of you!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I don't think that everyone feels the same way that we do. Like attracts like. We are together on HubPages for a reason, because we share the same feelings. What brought us together? Common ground. How did we find each other in the sea of thousands here. Like attracts like. For all those selfish and greedy out there that only think in dollars and cents. They have not been enlightened. They have never really looked into the eyes of a truly peaceful person. They have never walked with nature or dreamed with the dreams of the simple. BUT they ARE teachable.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree with you, Deb, and that is the hope, that they are teachable. Until I hear otherwise I'll just keep pounding away at them. :) Thanks my friend! I hope spring is in full bloom in OK.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      That really is a beautiful list. And, let me just say that while it appears that most people aren't walking their talk, you... YOU are definitely walking your talk. I'm truly inspired by you and all that you do.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thanks for sharing this follow up.

      Were you surprised by the results? I wasn't. Not that am I miss know it all but let's put it a different way---I would have been surprised had they turned out a different way.

      You are so right...we are so much alike no matter where we are on the planet.

      And you said a mouthful when you said..it begins with me. It is is our court. It does begin with each of us to make a difference.

      Superb.

      Sending you many blessings and Angels your way :) ps

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      sunflowerforests 4 years ago from The light in the forest of doubt.

      I commented earlier, but I don't think it went through. Everyone does seem to have mostly the same priorities, as your list has proved. If we could all care just as much about the priorities of our fellow man as we do our own than there would be much more love in the world. But I too believe that this world will never be truly in peace, until the end. I like your article and what it has shown. I am mindful of a favorite hymn and passage 'Love one another'.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I'm blushing. Thank you! I just think it's important that people back up their words. If we don't we really are rather shallow. I know you understand that very well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      sunflower, thank you for coming back and commenting again. That happens from time to time on HP...the comments just go into some black hole of the internet and never resurface. I agree with you completely...if only.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I'll take on all comers with you as a teammate. One person at a time my friend...it's a big job but I think we are capable of pulling it off. :)

      blessings and hugs back atcha

      bill

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      Bill,

      This survey was enlightening and the comments section revealing. I agree with you Bill as many others do that peace on earth is not possible. (and I imagine and dream )We can only attain peace within ourselves and you are so wise when you stated it all starts right there.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you LK! It's always nice having you visit. I appreciate the comment.

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      wildove5 4 years ago from Cumberland, R.I.

      Well that sir was worth the wait and I'm glad I could help. It reminds of the song " Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me." I also believe that fear is one of the biggest culprits for the way we treat each other. I was once told by a wise woman that the word fear when broken down means

      F-false E-evidence A-appearing R-real. I try to live me life free of fear and try to see things from all angles, I'm trying hard to walk the talk! Great Hub!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I still feel the same, nothing has changed, family and friends and trying to live ' the golden rule ' I want to think you for your support, via, email to the Lords of HP. It is still there. I refuse to be stressed about this, and i will continue believing in God, no matter who disagrees. Cheers my friend...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, you will always have my support. That's what friends do for each other....thank you for the visit and any old time you need me I'll be here. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wildove, I actually first heard of the acronym F.E.A.R. in treatment for alcoholism....and it is so very true. I, too, live my life free of fear now and I have never been happier. Thank you and it's a pleasure knowing you.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      I love this whole article and am really enjoying the comments. Sheri--I loved your comment and just recently heard "Man in the Mirror" which is soooo great. I've always loved it. I also like "Heal the World" and "Earth Song"---they bring tears to my eyes.

      I'm truly thrilled to see other people speaking the messages believe in.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, I am thrilled too....gives me hope for tomorrow. :) I write these articles for others of course, but many times I write them so that I can hear back from others and realize I'm not alone in my thoughts about life.

      Thank you for answering my call.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      No, Bill, you are not alone in the way you view life on this earth and you are absolutely correct. Peace should be our goal and attaining it in any measure whatsoever is up to each one of us.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, there are times I'll write a hub like this just so I can bask in the comments of like-minded folks. This was one of those times, and none of you disappointed me. Thank you my friend.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Loved your message here. I agree just by that list we are all in agreement about the important things in life and I can tell you that it was very human to say cheeseburger. Let's all reach out and make this a better world. Passing this on.

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      Anna Sternfeldt 4 years ago from Svenljunga, Sweden

      Important list to think about then and then, as we may many times in this busy time forget about what we really value. Family..well..I don't know, I don't have a family, so I may put love first, but it also depends on what you mean with family. A family can be me and my dog, it can be me and my friends, and so in that case, yes, I will put family first. I don't agree with cheeseburgers as they have meet in them and I don't eat my friends, but a veggiburger will do :-)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. You are right , but perfect peace require a new vision. Consider a world without conflict. possible? Yes.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Well said Bill, it all starts with us. With what is happening around, it is really hard to trust many people, but, we need to learn to identify the good and the bad, and move forward! If we all take this into our mind and work together, this world will be a better place to live in, with less hatred, enmity etc....

      Thank you for sharing this hub.

      Votes up and sharing!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Acceptance is a major problem with us and not every individual is the same so we just live with those we choose and beware of those we don't know.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, I loved the cheeseburger answer and I could relate to it easily. :) Thank you my friend. Now let's get busy. We have work to do in saving the world.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, we are all one extended family and I agree with you. Thank you for the visit my friend; it is always nice to hear from you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, new vision? Old vision? Whatever the case, I like the vision. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      livingsta, I don't think a perfect world is attainable, but I'm all for a better place to live in. Thank you my young friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, a very practical and doable theory...thank you!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      What a great compilation of priorities from your followers which I enjoyed throwing in my two cents worth on. World Peace, sadly I do not see it. Having seen the senseless "war" that has torn my own country apart it is hard to believe there will ever be peace. i am with you on making the world a better place and it is up to each of us to do our bit and share the luv! Great job my friend, your writing is such a joy to read. votes, shared!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, anyone living in your country would have serious doubts about world peace....but....it's better than it once was and that is food for hope. Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate you greatly.

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      H C Palting 4 years ago from East Coast

      This hub rings so true and reinforces many things I've seen so far in life. Many people say one thing and do another, many are reactive or frightened and not really thinking about commonalities. Sometimes we lose our patience or feel that others should never lose theirs. But there are people in this world that are giving, open minded, fair and honest. However, these characteristics can be seen whenever we choose.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Express, I love your last line...they can be seen whenever we choose. True words my friend. It is up to us to be the instrument of change in this world. Well said and thank you!

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      Peggy Salvatore 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic States US

      You absolutely nailed this! You have quantified and expressed what I have been thinking. Now. let's try this on...H.O.W.???? ps. wooden ships - great song!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Peggy Lou! Anyone familiar with Wooden Ships is a friend of mine. :)

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Bill,

      "the sweet nectar of brotherhood" I savored those words as I read them.

      I only finished reading and answering your question a short time ago. My answer was gratitude and thanks for family and friends.

      You continue to show us how we each can make a difference and come closer to Humanity for One World . Sharing!

      Take care :)

      Sue

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      One person at a time, Sue! I have no delusions of grandeur....I just want to reach one person at a time with the message of love.

      Thank you dear friend

      bill

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      To twist the maxim,"All men are equal, and there is none more equal than others." Well said, and must be adhered to!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great reply, Michelle! Perfect choice of maxims and twist.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      If my travels in the world have taught me anything, it's that we are more alike than we are different. The results here attest to that. Maybe the real problem is in the way different cultures are taught to deal with emotions, wants and needs.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Another awesome article Bill! I'm sorry my Internet was wonky last week and I couldn't participate but I can tell you now my answer would have been family for sure. It's interesting how alike we all are and what connects us. In times of tragedy especially. We are all born of the same skin. Different colours and different religions, yes - but the same deep down. Sad that we can't all realise this. Imagine what a great place the world would be. Thanks Bill, you've made me want to go meditate now for some reason! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I suspect you are correct. We need to find a way to bridge that gap, yes?

      Have a great day, Phoenix!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, I love that word "wonky"....we don't use it here in the States. As for meditation, I love that this article led you to some meditation. That makes me feel good as a writer. Thank you for that feel good moment.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      What a beautiful experiment on our universality...I am convinced that we are more alike than different as well, at least deep in our core.

      Forever backwards, I look forward to reading Part One soon. Voted UP and UABI.

      Love, Maria

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, I have a special place in my heart for backwards people. I think they have a wonderful perspective on life. :)

      Our universality....there's a word you don't see often...maybe we should, eh?

      love,

      bill

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      Yes, we all have the basic needs no matter what sexual orientation, creed, religion, job, economic level, status or whatever else you can throw into this,

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lady, we do indeed. Now if we can all just remember that when we are dealing with each other. :) Thanks for another visit. You are always welcome!

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      As always, speaking sense, telling the truth and passing the word without ego. I think you make a much bigger difference than you realise and your words will travel much wider in time. Your article reinforces that everything we do, can make a positive change and that we all need love and respect, much more than anything else.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, love and respect....let us hope that message spreads near and far. It is a message this world needs. Thank you for your kind words and have a great weekend.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Very well said friend...and you do walk the walk!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kelly! I respect you greatly and appreciate those kind words.

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Good weekend to yourself as well :) We have been walking up huge snowy hills today so I think it will be a restful weekend here!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My goodness, Anna, will winter never end there? :)

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Circa June, maybe :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      One can only hope, Anna. LOL

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      I loved reading this hub. I knew I would, and I like the result/answers. Bill, what is the most important thing in your life?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, that's a simple one for me to answer: love! :)

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      I knew it. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, i knew that you knew it. :)

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