Look around you.  You will see the random reflection of yourself in every face.  There is something of us in them and something of them in us, or perhaps, it's more appropriate to say it is something that we share in common.

Individuality is more a matter of degree, a variation on a theme, or perhaps it is something rooted in the fundamental personal truth that is manifested in some irreconcilable way that makes it hard to recognize...but it is nothing new under the sun.  It is this tendency for all of us to fail to recognize our similarities, or ignore those similarities, and the predilection to emphasize that degree of difference, that variation, that manifestation, that leads to conflict between us.

We have much more in common than we admit, including our blindness to what we share in common. When we criticize that manifestation of difference - that cultural practice, that idiomatic turn of a phrase, even that sacramental rite that even the most devoted worshiper would have difficulty explaining to a non-believer - we can inflame our most primitive passion.

If we can understand this, perhaps, this is all the understanding we need to live peacefully and harmoniously; apparently, this simple notion is our most elusive truth.

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