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The Brotherhood of Man: Finding Commonalities

Updated on April 20, 2014
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A Personal Plea

This be so important, y’all! Heads out of your cave, cotton out of your ears, eyes off the boob tube, and see if ya can’t pay some damn attention for five minutes. I know, Dr. Phil is on, and then Survivor, followed by the Kardashians and reruns of Beverly Hillbillies and don’t forget to bid on ebay for that slicer, dicer that you can’t live without and don’t blink or you’ll miss the commercial for Victoria’s Secret because of course those are all REAL people!

“And you tell me, over and over and over again my friend, that you don’t believe, we’re on the Eve of Destruction.” I’m telling you, man, you can’t trust that dude over there; look at the way he’s dressed, damn rag on top his head, what’s up with that? And that guy over there, well, you know about those people, lazy is all they are and hey, over there too, look at that clown, what’s he doing in this neighborhood, pretty damn sure he knows better than to mix with our kind.

“Glory, glory hallelujah….”…praise be to God…that’s right, God, none of that Allah business, and you can take your Buddha and shove it, man, because I don’t trust any of you so get back on the boat and head back where you belong…..WHOA, THERE…..hey you Southern cracker, why don’t you take your chitlins and shove them where the sun don’t shine, and you Cajun rednecks are all the same, everyone knows about you, nobody wants you around, take it down the block Joe Bob and don’t you come round no more, no more, no more….”all the lonely people, where do they all come from?”

It all needs to stop, or in this lifetime our differences are going to destroy us. Our greatest enemy in this country is not Iran, or China, or Russia or whoever….our greatest enemy is ourselves.

Listen to How Easy It Is

For those who do not know me, my name is Bill, and I belong to a writers’ site called HubPages. On that site I have a friend called Mike (Cloud Explorer) who lives in New York City….or Queens….one of those places where they talk funny! J

Now Mike is a black man. I am white. Mike is in his late forties or early fifties. I am sixty-four. Mike comes from a background and struggles that I have not experienced. I come from a lilly-white neighborhood on the west coast and my childhood was a walk in the park. Mike served in the Navy. I have not served in the Armed Forces. If you were to compare our cliff notes you would be hard-pressed to find any commonalities between Mike and I.

And yet, I consider him my spiritual brother. I have never met him; may not ever meet him. We have conversed online for about six months now, and during that time we have come to not only understand each other but to deeply respect each other. In many ways I consider that remarkable, but when viewed from the perspective that we are both human beings, it becomes a bit easier to understand.

Food for thought from the Youngbloods

Do You Need More Examples?

Because of the writers’ site that I belong to, I have friends in South Africa. I have friends in Dubai, and I wouldn’t be able to find Dubai on a map if you put a gun to my head. I have friends in India and Brazil, Latvia and Wales.

My friendships know no boundaries. Sha in Florida, Rich in Kentucky, Mary in New York and Sasha in Oregon, all my friends and all people I respect. I have shared deep, personal thoughts on the death of a loved one with Beckie, commiserated with Mike over the sudden destruction of his town, and shared thoughts on finding a teaching job with Sharilee.

I have spoken of my alcoholism with Bob, listened as cancer patients talked of recovery and personal strength, and laughed with Janine about the trials and tribulations of parents everywhere. I have a lil’ Sis in Cyndi, a kindred spirit in Eddy, a buddy for life in Bruce, and a writing buddy named Linda who seems to know what I’m thinking before I say a word.

And I have never met any of them!

How Is This Possible?

It is really rather simple my friends; we have bonded because of our commonalities.

I have spoken of this incident before but it bears repeating. When I was in college, our Sociology class had an assignment. We were to find a way to help others. That was it, as open-ended an assignment as you are likely to receive.

My college roommate and I decided that we wanted to establish a reading program for the kids in our predominantly black neighborhood. We were, admittedly, nervous. Neither of us had ever had any interaction with African-Americans, and this was during the great Civil Unrest of the 60’s. Still, we went about establishing the program and yes, we were met with resistance and skepticism from the black parents. There was distrust and there were some anxious moments, but finally the program was established and we had our first group of students to work with.

By the end of that quarter we were shaking hands with those skeptical parents, and receiving thanks from them for helping their kids. The walls of distrust and fear had been torn down, because when all was said and done we were just two human beings wanting to help other human beings.

Why Is This Such a Difficult Concept?

I do not have a definitive answer to this question. I know there has always been distrust on the world stage. I know there have always been fear, and hate, and vile acts unworthy of a higher life form. We are surrounded by it daily, the name-calling, the looks of open disgust, and the veiled threats.

And yet, when two people get past the dogma and pre-paid socio-economic and political b.s., we are all just human beings. I pull my pants on the same way my friends do in Finland. I mourn the same way my friends do in the Philippines, and I laugh and love the same way my friends do in Nepal.

I do not need to meet any of them to know that our commonalities are so much greater than our differences; why is it, then, that the minor differences in our cultures can cause such a gulf? The fact that a man wears a turban does not make him a bad man. The fact that a woman worships a different god does not make her a bad person.

I need the bigots out there to explain it all to me; explain in a logical way for me to understand. Do not hide behind your Bible; do not recite the mantra you have been force-fed by your government, and do not parrot the insanities passed down by your family. Just you and me, one on one, explain to me how a human being can be deemed inferior or evil simply because of the color of his skin or the beliefs of her religion. If you can explain that to me then I’ll shut up and slither back into the dream world from which I came.

My Dream World

Come to think of it, don’t’ even bother trying to justify that ridiculous crap that you are selling, because I ain’t buying. I may not be John Lennon, standing on the street corner singing “Imagine,” but I am a man who still believes that peace is possible.

It begins with me; it then spreads through my family, and then our neighborhood, and then community. One person at a time, and I will keep believing it is possible until the day I die.

Because to not believe in it is to make a mockery of why we were put on this planet. We have a higher calling, and it is about time we acted like it!

I am a true believer…in the Brotherhood of Man!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sha! Sending love your way my dear friend!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Thinking of you and Bev while my pumpkin pie is cooling!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes, Sha, mankind! LOL

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      You mean for Mankind to get over themselves, not me specifically, right?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha....get over yourself....love it! Wishing you peace and happiness my friend, today and all days. Thank you for the visit and for your friendship.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, this song by the Youngbloods is one of my favorites. The message speaks for itself and needs no clarification. People are people. We should all close our eyes and pretend to be blind. Let us hear, smell and absorb what each of us has to offer, for we are all phenominal children of God! Close your eyes to prejudice. Close your heart to judgement. Open your soul to Mankind and what each of us has to offer. We all have something to offer. Get over yourself and open your heart, mind and soul!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, you are so right, and it's only going to get worse I believe. There was a big report released by the Census Bureau this past week that said things were worse than people originally thought. Now that's a sobering thought.

      Thank you Tammy! Have a great weekend!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This is a very deep and introspective hub. I think this election has really divided the entire nation. Instead of a battle between the have and have nots, it is a battle of the do and do nots. With 49% of the population on welfare it is the perfect set up for strong divisions. People need to realize that everything boils down to a weak economy and most people would choose to live a productive life without the support of the government, but not the entire 49%. It is a very sad state of affairs. Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I understand. I am a believer in PIPO and yet I am a cynic. :) I want to see the best in man but I don't expect it. LOL What am I to do?

      In order that I don't completely adopt the dark side, I still believe that we can make a difference, one person at a time. I need to believe that.

      Thank you my friend; I hope you are having a wonderful week.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      "....let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth the peace that was meant to be...." So many songs, so much belief...commonalities? Yes, we all have commonalities; we are all people, we all live on this earth, and we should be loving our fellow man!

      I have a problem since I tend to see the glass as half full...I see all the people helping in the aftermath of Sandy and think how wonderful that is...until I see a news report about a looter holding women at knife point while he smokes a cigar, or people using jet skis to sneak in the back of half destroyed houses to loot them....these aren't people who have respect for their fellow man and I must admit, I do not like these people regardless of our commonalities. These are the people who are most likely bigots or the people who think the world owes it to them!

      "...let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me."

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hyph, it is all rather simple if you ask me....love one another. Nothing else matters in the final analysis my friend, and obviously you understand that. As for HP, it really is remarkable, knowing that I have hundreds of friends around the world...true friends...and I have never met them. Remarkable indeed!

      Thank you my friend and blessings to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Healthy, it is my pleasure, and thank you for reinforcing my points. Never in my wildest dreams would I have believed it possible to have friends around the world who I have never met. Ain't life great?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, I try! If there is something more important than love I'd sure like to hear about it.

      Thank you my friend; you are a good man!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Awesome as always. You are an ambassador of love my friend.

      Voted up, beautiful, awesome and sharing.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I couldn't agree more! I've never been able to comprehend those who are prejudice although I'm glad you were the one to put it into writing because I could not have presented as well as you did. You also captured me feelings about HP. I love the fact that I can connect with people all over the world and this is my first experience doing anything online. I met a friend today for coffee and we had a good laugh about the amount of money I make on HP but I get so much more out of the experience. Thanks for doing your thing and writing about this issue!

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      When we let go of hate, dislike and personal importance, we can see others in a true light. That light is the absence of all that hurts others. It is called love and is very possible to achieve. As you stated, it is REAL. How we look, live, speak and all else becomes minutia. I pray every human being in this world comes to that point and discards material things that cause more pain and confusion. Nothing is more important than love. As you may know, I am a true, devoted believer and follower of Jesus Christ who said, "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends." (John 15:13) Every person in the world was His friend and should be ours too.

      We are so blessed to have the ability to meet people all over the world, ones we may never see face to face. That makes them no less a friend and no less beloved. Thank you for an amazing article. Hyph.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      SG, thank you! I wish I could find a way to have everyone read it as well. That would certainly raise my views, wouldn't it? Talk about going viral! LOL Thank you, seriously! We need to find a way to build on our common traits; it's never too late.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, what a boost for my self-esteem; your comments are so nice and heartfelt. Thank you my friend; to have a writer of your caliber keep a special folder with my writings....it makes me feel very nice indeed. :) Thank you!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I think it all boils down to the fact that we are all children of God. We are all humans with the same wants and needs. We all want to be healthy, happy and loved. We need to respect and care for each other, regardless of skin color, religion or anything else! As always you have done a wonderful job and I wish I could share this with every person on this earth! Voting up and sharing everywhere I can! Have a blessed day! :)

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Amen Billy! Wow - I love the way you write. Your choice of topics are always motivating. I have a special folder for everyone of your hubs and read them again and again. This is being added to my folder.

      It's all been said by your friends and fans. I can only add that The Brotherhood of Man begins with love. We can never get enough love and we can never give enough love.

      But you already realize that because you ARE love! Up and across and sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, telling it like it is....well, I'm much too far down the road for b.s......take me or leave me, but this is who I am and what I believe. There is beautiful comfort in being where I am. As for the History Channel.....that is tv at its finest. You might want to put a warning sign on that remote. :)

      Thank you MY FRIEND....and you are my friend. You are appreciated more than you know.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Martin, I happen to like the new Martin. Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Loyal, that was a beautiful comment. Thank you so much, and blessings to you and your loved ones.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      AMEN Brother Billy! LOL

      My cup runneth over......

      I first have to address how much I appreciate the laughter you infuse when you may not even realize it! You tell it like it is, man! That is one of your best qualities.

      I have also been blessed by so many wonderfully unique people, educating me on their world , their colorful cultures and beliefs as well as the hard living, easy lifestyle or endless struggles by so many. And I absorb it all. I have been blessed as wonderful human beings such as yourself have offered the hand of friendship so we could compare and find commonalities in one another.

      As you so eloquently state, this is one of the worlds best pass times where the best reality show is their for the absorption while providing a level of common understanding no tv show could provide.

      By the way...I love the History Channel as well as the Military Channel and the first person who touches the remote is losing an eye!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. The old martin would be pounding the pavements now. All my article would be in the papers and all my volunteers would be busy at their tasks.

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      loyalsudz 4 years ago from East Coast

      Grace: You express a love that knows no bounds, and is active, moving, and transforming many people's lives. May God continue to bless you abundantly! Thank you!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, I couldn't agree more. I love that some of us can celebrate our differences. I have learned so much on HP by reading the words of other races and creeds....all one needs is an open mind and heart.

      Thank you my friend, for the great comment and share.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, to me this is just common sense. Hate has always baffled me and will continue to do so. I can only try to change one person at a time through my actions of love.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I think there will be one race in heaven....the human race....and that race will be humane.

      Thank you for caring so deeply. Bless you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, it takes so little effort to make this work, one person at a time. I don't understand it but I'm going to do my part to make this work. Thank you my friend and I'll see you at the lake tomorrow.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rachel, good to see you again. I was starting to worry about you. I hope all is well with you, too, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, it is very sad. I had to erase several people from Facebook because of this election. I do not understand that kind of hate and I never will.

      Thank you young lady; you are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Xstatic, same here, ever since I wrote this. LOL Thanks for the return visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I don't know the answer to your last question, but I feel better knowing there are people like you walking by my side. Thank you dear friend! Peace and best wishes to you always.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Froggy! The pleasure is all mine!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dexter, I am indeed! Thank you!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I have thoughts on this one....we should celebrate differences, because bigotry goes against any Christian, Muslim or Buddhist concept. Any religion, unless founded in self interest and negativity will teach tolerance, only tweaked because of interpretation. It's that reality that we should emulate...and as for personal differences, ALL of us have something to offer. Differences are something to celebrate. Thanks for sharing, and I share too.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is yet another very inspiring and very important hub, Bill. Your articles are so wise and offer such excellent thoughts and advice for people in today's world.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      My bible means everything to me and my God. My God teaches love for everyone. It is the ones who want to take my bible and badmouth my God I am against. God is being pushed out of America and that is why you see all the problems you see and it will get even worse. America was built on Christ and that is who made it such a great country for so many years. It started with the Moravian in America and I wrote about that. While the Indians and soldiers fought and killed each other God took care of this people. They helped everyone and God helped them. It is a lesson for us all and I wish I could follow it, but I guess I can't help but beware anyone willing to die just to kill others. God help us all. The end is not far off billy and I hope you will get to know Jesus if you don't know Him. Believe me, He loves you. He is the author of love. There will be one race in heaven. Or should I say none?

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      America once was known as The Great Melting Pot. Well, let's live up to that, and get to know our neighbors that have different religions and beliefs. It really is easy to know someone, just as you say, Billy.

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      Rachel Koski 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Well, this one actually made me feel BETTER. Great message, Bill. I know I have some catching up to do with your hubs, and this was a good place to start :) Hope all's well!

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      I am also appalled at the behavior that came from this election. I just erased a couple from my Facebook page because on the day of the election the guy posted that Obama was going to be in the lead until all of the republicans got off of work and the wife posted that the people who support Obama are the ones that want to continue living off of the republicans that work to support them. This was a couple I knew from my previous Church! I was absolutely blown away by the fact that they insulted an entire group of people that way! Very sad!!!!!

      Also, a while back my Mom had read The Narcissism Epidemic for professional development and told me about the book. Great read in learning more about this age of entitlement!!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Since I read this Hub this morning, the song from How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, called "The Brotherhood of Man" has been in my head.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am so in tune with this piece. Why do people hate others who are different? Why can't we respect other beliefs? Why do we think that we are the chosen, the superior white race. Preachers spew hate from their pulpits about the evil Muslims. I know this is true because my son is a member of such a church and it breaks my heart. He was taught as a child that we all are equal and God loves everyone. The hate in this country against the Gay community, the black community, the jewish people is so appalling to me. Thank you Bill. Your thoughts are mine. Will we ever learn to love unconditionally?

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      Greg Boudonck 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      This is a great hub Billy--It would be a great sight to see men and women give up on hate. I am glad I met you--keep these kind of hubs coming my friend!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Yeah! Billybuc, you are my brother!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, if I ever find someone silly enough to pay me, I'll give public speaking a try. :) I just love this forum; gives me a chance to toss out some ideas and see if anyone agrees.

      One person at a time my friend; I believe it has great value and I'm going to keep tossing this stuff out there and see if anyone pays attention.

      thank you as always and have a great Sunday!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Billy

      You really should consider public speaking. I felt like standing and clapping and saying , BRAVO, BRAVO, ENCORE.

      The bottom line is we have so many opportunities to find the things about each other that can unite us that rather than keep pecking away at the differences we should be celebrating how much we share.

      And learning from each other is an every day occurrence. Every day I learn something that I value. And a lot of it comes from comments. that is often where the real insightful exchanges are made.

      This experience has opened a whole new world of ideas and friendships with those with whom we share the planet...as you say they are tucked away in the far reaches of the globe but we are connected. And I always feel a bit like Pollyanna but I too believe 'we can all just get along." and we should really GIVE PEACE A CHANCE. So often I say in my ramblings, one person at a time we make a difference. It has a ripple effect/and it will spread. I almost missed this one, Billy ...got behind in my reading... happi Saturday evening to you my friends...voted up up and away +++

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dolores, thank you for a great comment. I have learned so much from my friends in India, and Latvia, and other corners of the world I am ignorant of; one person at a time, we become closer, despite the hate that surrounds us. I believe that; if I didn't I would have no reason to write.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, the recent political bout is what fostered this hub; I am disgusted, alarmed, and re-energized to carry on the fight. I cannot expect others to change if I'm not willing to stick my neck out and lead. To do less is beneath me.

      Thank you dear lady; I send you blessings and great respect.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, it is truly my pleasure, and I thank you for a great comment and for being who you are. We are just going to have to change this world one person at a time. Doesn't seem like too big a task, right? :)

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, please don't apologize. You are as loyal a follower and friend as I have on HubPages, and I greatly appreciate you.

      You are right of course; that is what friends do. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike my friend, I have found my voice, and I have found my niche, and I will not be silenced. Like you, I feel an obligation to speak out; I know of no other way, and I would not respect myself if I did not do so.

      Thank you my brother! I feel better knowing you are by my side.

      bill

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      Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi billy - voted up and tweeted and awesome. I feel that in these times of high anxiety, people like to have other folks to hate. I have read and heard more hateful crap recently than ever in the past. It's that anxiety.

      I also feel that today there is an increasing dehumanizing influence in society. Yet here online, so many people have "met" people from all over the world and created friendships with diverse folks they may never have met in "real" life.

      I remember when I first started out here, reading so much, understanding so little. The person who helped me most, who I was able to understand the best, was a writer for whom English was her second language, living in another country.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      After the bitter barrage that the nation and world watched the "creme of the crop", our nation's leaders, fling at each other, it doesn't take cultural or religious differences to divide us...just different opinions on how to bridge a gap is enough. I have no doubt that I will never see peace in my lifetime. Today, I learned that our reelected president is facing more of the dissent that bound his hands the last 4 years. One thing I do believe will happen is our own self-destruction.

      Great article, Bill. Peace seems to be the most difficult concept for human beings to grasp, because it requires universal compromise. Taking sides fostered by commonalities is easy. It's coming together despite our differences that remains the obstruction to peace.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      It does indeed start with each one of us. I have lived in a few different places and traveled a bit in my life. I have been a teacher in two countries now. We humans do have commonalities, and finding those is how we get along and become friends. It seems so simple, yet so many don't get it. I get it, and I will continue to pass the message on. Thank you for doing that also.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Sorry, Bill would have been here sooner but as if Saturday isn't crazy enough my blog theme went crazy. Thank god Kevin does web design for a living, because he is now looking at it. Seriously only this stuff could happen to me. Wonderful article and would love to hear that all think like you. I know I do so you are preaching to the choir here, but others could truly learn a great lesson from your article here. You say it just so perfectly. Bill as always I have shared all over and voted up tons, because quite simply that is what friends do :)

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Bill this is a article that we truly need today, and I thank you for being so real bro as you always are on and off of this awesome writers network.

      Our digital friendship will definitely survive the test of time, and mainly because its been infused into our words here on hubpages, and as long as the hub is alive and breathing we shall have our words known here as testimony that being real, being true, being kind, being a respectable human being pays off in the long run for sure.

      It has nothing to due with our skin colors as you stated here in your hub, it has nothing to do with nationality neither.

      We all are human and this is the single most identifiable factor of the fact you also pointed out in your hub here as to why we all have commonalities with one another on this very planet.

      Thanks for writing this particular hub Bill it was a needed thing for sure. I get disgusted when I sense anything fake today, and when I sense it people being mistreated unfairly either on the ground or online, it does indeed hurt me as it does you bro, but like you I must point it out for what it truly is, or I am indeed cheating myself from a full and purposeful experience in life if I simply ignore whats wrong in my eyes, and in my heart.

      Powerfully expressed Bill, I do believe that you are on track for a massive following on this one as did many other articles that compliment this one in every way, and I commend you on being real to yourself, all of us worldwide, and to Bev as well. Bravo!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, I cannot find one thing to argue with in your comments. They are all true; there is a selfishness and fear and ego that infects every corner of our society. The Me Generation is perfectly named, and they have earned their name through hard work. :)

      You are a good man, Rich, and I am grateful to have you as a friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      De Greek, you paint a bleak picture, and it is one I have a hard time arguing against. I fluctuate daily between optimism, hope, and cynicism. It is exhausting being me. :)

      I have read Thucydides, and the parallels are fascinating, and all too close to home. We do not learn from history, and we inevitably repeat our mistakes. I will continue to hold out hope, and shout from the mountaintop, , and hopefully my efforts will not have been in vain.

      Thank you Sir!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill - Remember the song, "United We Stand?" It went something like, "United we stand, Divided we fall, And if our backs should ever be against the wall, we'll be together, together you and I." This song was done by a group called the Brotherhood Of Man and came out decades ago. Yet, most have never heard it, or, have forgotten it's meaning. I wrote a blog last week concerning the fact that if all were to give just one dollar to the hurricane victims, that there'd be plenty of money to take care of all the major needs. Yet, people don't do it. And when something happens to them, they can't understand why people don't come to "their" rescue. Well, we had the election Tuesday and that's all the news covered. However, Guatemala suffered an earthquake that day in which hundreds were killed and many needed assistance. Since when do two rich guys known for screwing over people in their careers take precedence over hundreds of people suffering? We live in sad times of misdirected priorities. The "Me" generation, whether it be age, religious beliefs, country pride, wealth status or whatever is destroying the common sense factor of recognizing we're all brothers. If we don't wise up and become "United", we're all going to be eating crow and wondering what happened! Just some thoughts my friend. I do appreciate the mention in your hub. Means a lot, sir! Great Job!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alex, you are much more eloquent than I and I agree, obviously, with everything that you have written. I have always believed that fear is at the heart of all bigotry and prejudice; fear of that which we do not understand. It is visceral and it is real, and it must be overcome, and the only way for that to happen is to raise awareness.....my calling in this profession. :)

      Thank you as always for your support and kind words.

      Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, these rants are never far from the surface; I'm like a dormant volcano that keeps spewing ash and fire. I can't keep it bottled up inside. :) Everything you said is true; now, how do we change it? I have found my calling; now I need to figure out how to be more effective.

      Thank you as always; it helps knowing there are those, like you, who feel as strongly as I do.

      bill

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Ah, the power of a word. Commonality, now that's a novel concept in today's world. You have dumped a heavy load on this one and we all need to hear it. The mainstream media feeds us so much crap to keep us divided. Groups, of any kind, have a tendency to think they are better than the next. But, separate out one person in a group and you'll find they are very much like one person in another group. Race? Something to be respected for it history and traditions. Religion? Something to be respected for its history and traditions. Age? Something to be respected for its history and tradition. These are the things that make us human and effective together, not separate. This is really an awesome hub my friend. I'm starting to love your rants as much as all your other wonderful writing styles. Keep it up! When you take on these tough topics I'm even more proud to be your buddy.

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      I want to frame this hub on my wall. You echo my sentiments and express them in a way that honours all of humanity. There is so much anger and fear right now and it is misdirected against each other. You are so right. We all want the same thing yet we are acting like programmed puppets because 'we all support the team' (thank you, Stephen King). There are many who would argue against this hub and I'm still missing the piece in my mind that would serve to connect the dots without being guilty of the same thing - judgement. There are people I admire and like very much who hold opinions with which I cannot agree, yet if I refuse to listen, I am part of the problem.

      Fear makes us do very ugly things. As you know, I am not fond of labels of any kind simply because they feed the fear. I have friends from around the world and some are from countries branded as 'the enemy'. We really do all want the same thing but we get bogged down in the details of how to get there.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vespa, no, they do not amount to much at all. I will remain positive and hope that society as a whole moves more towards commonalities....there is always hope, right?

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, my yelling will end the day they bury me and not a day before. :) I know you will always be there with me; just one more reason why I respect you so much.

      Thank you buddy; sending you positive thoughts on this chilly morning.

      bill

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      There are so many distractions in society, but this is so true. We need to take out time for one another. All humans have common needs: the need to live a happy life and find pleasure in simple things. We need to be tolerant of the little differences, which don't amount to much in the long run. Thank you for sharing with us. : )

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Personal responsibility has all but been lost in this society Bill. But there are some of us that espouse it and attempt to share that concept. Oneness of spirit seems to be a bad word to millions these days but there are those of us that know it. keep yelling and I'll be yelling with you!

      Mark

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      De Greek 4 years ago from UK

      How can any reasonable person disagree with any of what you’ve said? Yet, there seems to be something in our genes which casually and insidiously appears to drive us inevitably towards our own self -destruction.

      Some years ago I read Thucydides “The Peloponnesian Wars” and I was astounded at the incredible behavioural similarities between us today and those who preceded us 2400 years ago.

      In this amazingly impartial historical description you will find the best and the worst of the human race still valid today. Regrettably the best in our ancestors - dignity, pride and bravery - often lost out to the worst, meaning vicious, opportunistic greed.

      The weak shall, indeed, inherit the earth because they are so easily manipulated and controlled by those who are consumed by greed. And what better way to make the weak feel powerful than by telling them they are somehow better than others because of their skin colour, their religion, their nationality or whatever else?

      Unfortunately, I think that the game is lost. The only thing left for us is to hold spiritual hands with likeminded brethren across the Internet and wait for the end without surrendering and at least with some dignity intact.

      In his book Thucydides describes the surrender of a fort by its defenders after the besieging army promised them safe passage to their homes.

      After the surrender the victors brought up a new condition; that the defeated make a declaration that they would never again support the victors’ opposing side, ON PAIN OF DEATH. Since this was not part of the original condition of surrender, the prisoners refused as a matter of principle and pride. Each of them was asked in turn to make the declaration and when he refused he was executed in front of the others.

      Imagine the pressure on the last man – who still refused. The liars and the cheaters won. They will win again…. Unless they cause a bloody revolution to occur in reaction, but this will again lead to common annihilation…

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bruce, there will come a day when one of us will go travelling and you and I will be able to meet, and sit as friends, and enjoy our commonalities. You are a true kindred spirit my friend, and I thank you sincerely for being who you are.

      blessings to you and yours,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      CM, so nice to see you; thank you for adding to the discussion. Yes, colorblind. I am not sure if bigotry has lessened or if it has become less obvious; I think it has slithered into the closet and is much sneakier because it isn't PC any longer to be vocally prejudiced. :) Sad no matter what nature it now has.

      I appreciate you stopping by my new friend; have a great weekend in Baltimore.

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 4 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you Bill,

      This is your voice, but it is shared by the collective consciousness of the universe. It is your voice, but the message of God in any form or language. It is your voice but it's a song sung in harmony with the people who share this commonality, all those mentioned here and those beyond. It is the message worth hearing and for thousands of years it has been told by those who transcend time.

      I am grateful for your voice and may peace always be with you!

      Voted up across the board, shared on all my networks!

      Bruce

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelley, I would never tell someone else they need to do something that I am not willing to do. :) I am a lot of things but a hypocrite is not among them. :) Thank you Kelley; I greatly respect who you are.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tara my dear, good morning! Nice to see you drop by my place for a spot of tea and a rant. :) Now that we have both gotten it out of our systems for a time, we can both take a deep breath and have a wonderful day.

      I agree with you of course; the hypocrisy I see on a daily basis is enough to depress me if I allow it to; instead, I rant on the computer and hope to make one convert per day....just one!

      Thank you my dear!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Liz, good morning! You woke up feisty this morning. LOL Or am I just a bad influence on you? :)

      I love how deeply you feel about life around you, and how committed you are to having a better life. I have much better faith in the future knowing there are young ones like you to help balance out the craziness in this world.

      Thank you my committed friend, and have a great weekend in Florida!

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      Christina M. Castro 4 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      I am truly inspired by your point of view. I have written about my friendship with people from abroad. Half of my relatives are in other places on this planet, and being on the social network, I have met so many interesting people from other countries. The mode of brotherhood should also be strong in the sisterhood as well. Women are harder to please amongst themselves, but to find a Christian Sister is a blessing. I consider myself colorblind, considering my Dad is from the Philippines and my Mom is Caucasian, of German-Irish decent. So I get the best of all the cultures. We need to have more co-existence in this world, no matter what spiritual faith there is in a person. There is no room for hatred or prejudice in this world, but those who are stuck in it are truly against Creation in general. Thanks for sharing.

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      I love the responsibility you write about in your hubs. I think personal responsibility has really become something of the past in our present culture. We are all responsible for our own decision and for making the world a better place to live. Thanks for sharing this Bill! Have a great day!

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      Tara Carbery 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      Wow, this really needed saying! The world has gone mad! Everyone is desperately trying to outdo someone else with a better car, bigger house, and more expensive clothes. They don't for a minute stop to look around and appreciate what they've got. They are discontent until they die, what a waste! They can't take it with them.

      People I know that think they are moral and intelligent are in fact bigots! So many people think it's acceptable to call people of different ethnic origin nicknames! They're happy to judge without looking at the bigger picture. The world is full of idiots but luckily there are a few good ones left :)

      On a bad day I feel it's me against the world but when i'm in a more even mood, I love my friends around me to chat with, rant with and enjoy the good things in life. I am grateful that I can appreciate just 'being'.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Look at me! The early commenter!

      This is what makes me so mad about the recent presidential campaign. That's a weird word. Anyway, they spent so much time talking about the things that divide us, and they don't even touch the things that affect us the most--the things upon which we can all agree. Whether it be the antibiotics in our food or the impending student loan economic disaster or chemicals in our environment that have been linked to development disorders in our children or that our educational system is outdated and needs to be revamped or . . . well, you catch my drift. The fact that Californians decided that they didn't want to know what's in the food they feed to their children is a prime example of how the only thing people are paying attention to these days is what corporate America is spewing from their TV sets AND I'M DONE YOU DID IT AGAIN. You set me on a rant.

      On that note, you and Bev have a lovely weekend, Bill. LOL You're the best.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Carol! I think I know the person you were talking about. LOL I will never understand that kind of wanton spending, nor will I ever understand prejudice and bigotry.

      Have a great weekend and a well-deserved rest!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Xstatic, thank you so much! As we both know, this is not a new subject, and I'm not sure how we will ever overcome prejudice, but I can only hope by raising awareness we can do some good.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Bill, this is as good a plea for that brotherhood of man as I have read. It is a difficult task to overcome prejudices, yet, as you say, "it starts with me." This should be required reading for all humankind.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      i am first or among the first to comment. Getting up early has its advantages. This hub was appropriate today with mine that I just published. The bottom line is that the world is full of REAL people..I know many and I know those who live by the food their eat and the clothes they wear. I have an acquaintance who is not happy unless shopping for endless stuff. She cooks and buys food ..I once estimated she spends about 2,000 a month on food...and I am not exaggerating. Not to mention all the meals out. I believe that life has to have caring relationships, meaningful activities, a sense of humor and enjoying each moment...There are so many crazies and entitled people out. Anyway enough rambling..a great and insightful hub..