• Michael Dahdal

Things In Common

Updated: Jan 3, 2020


The world seems increasingly obsessed with diversity and what makes us all different. With identifying and recognising those things that separate us.

Spruiking buzzwords like inclusion and tolerance.

I find this a little misguided.

Tolerance, if nothing else, simply means putting up with those things you don’t like – not exactly an ideal virtue for one to aspire to.

I’m much more interested, not in the things that make us different, but in all those things we share in common.

In those things that make us all uniquely human.

Part of the same human family, sharing in the same human experience

In those fundamental truths we all have embedded deep within us that have proved undeniable across all cultures and across all time.

That we are all born and we all have to face death

That we all fundamentally just want to be loved

That we all need to live a life that is meaningful and purposeful

That we all need nourishment

To be able to raise our children

To feel safe and secure

That we all have our fears and insecurities

That fundamentally we all seem to recognise the virtues of Love, compassion, goodness and peace