What unites us is what divides us.

What unites us is what divides us. Language, religion, race, creed – the more communities want to come together based on these factors, they divide the community from the rest. – Rajesh Soundararajan

Human beings are inherently social creatures. From the earliest days of our existence, we have sought out and formed communities with others who share similar beliefs, values, and experiences. These communities can provide a sense of belonging, support, and identity that is essential to our well-being and happiness.

However, as much as these communities can bring us together, they can also divide us. While language, religion, race, and creed are often used to unite people within a community, they can also serve as barriers that separate us from those who are different.

For example, consider how language can unite and divide us. On the one hand, it allows us to communicate with and understand one another, fostering a sense of community and connection. On the other hand, it can be a source of conflict and division when people speak different languages and cannot understand one another. Similarly, religion can bring people together through shared beliefs and practices, but it can also be used to justify violence and discrimination against those of different faiths.

Race and ethnicity can also both unite and divide us. While people of the same race or ethnicity may feel a strong sense of solidarity and connection with one another, this can also lead to exclusion and prejudice against those who are perceived as different.

Ultimately, what unites us is what divides us because these markers of identity can be both sources of connection and sources of conflict. To indeed come together as a community, we must recognize and celebrate our differences while also working towards understanding and acceptance. This requires open-mindedness, empathy, and a willingness to listen to and learn from one another. Only by embracing our diversity can we hope to come together as one human community truly.

By Rajesh Soundararajan

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