Common Ground to Walk Upon

14 May 2021

Jeff McCarty

There are seven to eight billion humans on Planet Earth. That is seven to eight billion bodies roaming the planet. That is seven to eight billion minds thinking thoughts daily. That is seven to eight billion people with hopes, dreams, aspirations, and desires living on the planet. Those seven to eight billion people, including you and me, constitute the global human civilization that we exist within. The global human civilization consists of many cultures, speaking various languages and practicing a multitude of traditions. With all these differences between the various humans that inhabit Planet Earth, it can seem like we are different species living on different planets altogether, and the way we fight each other as human beings can appear to solidify that thought. This belief that we are utterly different is far from the truth, though.

We will pave a path towards building a better society for all humans with a new paradigm. A paradigm that will help guide our decisions as a species and allow us to unite humanity. This paradigm is closer to any actual truth than the belief that we are utterly different and can't get along due to our differences. A paradigm focused on our commonalities as a species. Despite all the differences we have created and observed among ourselves, we share many things as a species. It is these shared similarities that we must embrace if we are to build a better society. Many people may think this is a fruitless task, especially given the rise of tribalism in recent decades, and I'll be the first to admit that tribalism is engrained in our nature as a species. Rather than reduce the amount of tribalism, I propose we enlarge the scope of what humans consider to be their tribe.

The first of these commonalities that is worth discussing is the commonality of our existence as living creatures. As humans, we are all currently living and experiencing reality. Depending on various variables, that experience will have differences. Still, when we zoom out to view things from a meta-perspective, we can see that our existence as living creatures shares many similarities. The fact that we each exist within the Three forms of existence is one of these similarities. We each have a physical body, we each have a brain, and we each have a spiritual essence to us that empowers our existence. Even though there can be differences on a granular level of these forms, these forms are more alike than different. We all have skin, blood, and bones. There are rare exceptions to some of these in terms of illnesses, ailments, and diseases that can affect different elements of our physical, mental, and spiritual forms. We observe and understand these as rare exceptions due to how common these traits are among almost all humans.

Another commonality worth exploring is our shared experience of existing in the same space. As a species, everything that has ever occurred to humans, whether it is a significant event or not, has happened on Planet Earth, within our Solar system inside of one universe. The commonality of our shared space is inescapable. Throughout all the vast depths of space, there is only one small, localized area in the universe where the activities of humanity have played out and are observable. Even though we have physically sent humans to space, the moon, and eventually Mars (by the end of the century, I predict this will have already happened to some capacity), this small pocket of the universe we inhabit will always connect us. Regardless of which pockets of the universe we inhabit, we will never break the bounds of this universe.

If we are to build a better society, we must learn to embrace these commonalities and others that exist that I did not go into detail about (listen to the Talks from the Coalition Podcast I did on this same subject for more). The more we embrace these commonalities, the better we will be at seeing other humans for exactly just that, another human being existing on Planet Earth. As more and more humans embrace this paradigm of common humanity, the easier it will be for cooperation. Humanity embracing this paradigm isn't an immediate solution to our species' problems. Yet, it will allow us to synergize and work on viable solutions to those problems productively. The path ahead of humanity towards building a better society for all humans is a long one. We will never begin the walk down that path, though, without humanity finding common ground as a species, for without common ground to walk upon, we will stay divided and entrenched in our problems.

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