Your concept of self gives you a unique feeling. You are not only a person, but you are unlike any other person alive. You are one among seven billion people, and each person is perceived as a unit within a community, a population, and a nation. Whatever language, social customs, ethnic traits, and familial habits you share with others, you know that even if you have an identical twin, you are still unique.
But as unique as we all are, it is also important to remember that there is no one person among us that is better than any other. If you doubt the validity of that last statement, the next time you are looking down your nose at someone, perhaps try descending from the totality of your body to your individual organs and tissues. Maybe then you’ll find less uniqueness, and more similarity with others. What I mean to say is that under a microscope, it can be seen that you really are no different from the very people you consider yourself superior to.
Personally, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve developed more of a tendency to look for people who live by kindness, tolerance, and compassion…those with a gentler way of looking at things. I find that I am always asking myself: “Have I been kind today?” It is my opinion that if a person makes kindness their daily modus operandi, they will change their world forever!
Some of you may be reading this and asking yourselves: “How does one go about doing that?” Well, it’s really quite simple: Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they are going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, patience, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
Practice humility, not hatred.