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Good Day To Come Together

January 16, 2017

diversity mixed faces men women different races, ethnic types, nationalities, American melting pot, less color, more shared humanity, Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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We need to come together. Here in America, and a lot of other places. Thoughts? Please leave a comment.

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This post about Kashmir might also be appropriate for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It’s about how hard it is to find peace when one has gotten hopelessly mired in hate and violence.

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About Mark: I’m an illustrator specializing in humor, branding, social media, and content marketing. I create images that get content seen and shared.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. EarthGround permalink
    January 16, 2017 10:40 PM

    We are one species now, but aware of all the distinctions money can buy. When we were mankind as several species…

    Sorry, I hit send by mistake, and lost the whole thought I was going for. Mankind is the wrong term. Hominid-kind?

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    • January 24, 2017 10:48 AM

      Ahoy! I tried to pull your thoughts together by combining your two comments. I like the result, tho it’s, um, open to interpretation, you might say… : )

      I googled hominid, and the Merriam-Webster tag-team defines it “as any of a family (Hominidae) of erect bipedal primate mammals that includes recent humans together with extinct ancestral and related forms and in some recent classifications the gorilla, chimpanzee, and orangutan.” Hmm… that covers a lot of ground, and even some jungle!

      So maybe you were shooting for “Less color, more shared hominidy.” Or, if you live in the tropics, more shared humidity… : )

      Many thanks for your kind visit, and please forgive this tardy reply!

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      • EarthGround permalink
        January 24, 2017 12:50 PM

        Oh the humanity. My daughter has a cute electromechanical baby monkey. Cuddles.
        Take care.

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  2. January 22, 2017 6:47 PM

    We need each other more than ever, in this world. I hope that what divides us will lessen soon – and stay away for good. Life’s challenging enough without being at so horribly odds with our fellow human beings. Moving post, Mark!

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    • January 24, 2017 11:33 AM

      And a very moving comment, RK– beautifully said, my sentiments exactly.

      There’s nothing wrong with being proud of who you are and where you come from– we all need some of that. But identity politics seems misguided to me. Conflict’s part of the human condition, and sure, people have legitimate grievances, but building walls and calling each other names solves nothing.

      One of my favorite Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes is: “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

      He also said: “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

      I was shooting for something along those lines.

      Thanks for your lovely comment, and for all your kind support! : )

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  3. January 24, 2017 5:16 PM

    Mon ami, glad to make you happy (your “leave a comment” request). 🙂 Happy 2017 to you and yours!

    Lovely sketch and as always, much needed in these times as a reminder of what we seem to be ever willing to forget.

    Being a dual citizen made me question and struggle with identity until I realized the only citizenship that counts and matters is being human. Even when skin colour, language, etc, make us stand apart, it’s our humanity (behaviour, attitude, actions, words and how we treat each other) that makes us stand out and stand together. 😀

    I love this quote –
    We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.
    ~ Barack Obama

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    • January 26, 2017 11:34 AM

      Mon amie! Vous me rendez heureux juste en existant, mais j’apprécie encore le commentaire! Merci!

      And what an extraordinarily fine comment it is. I loved “the only citizenship that counts and matters is being human,” and I loved the way you defined “humanity” (= our behaviour, attitude, actions, words and how we treat each other), and I really loved that concluding phrase; i.e., the idea that it’s our shared humanity that makes us stand out and stand together. Beautiful, my dear Radhika!!

      I’d nominate you for Global Secretary of Sisterhood, Brotherhood, and Little Red Riding Hood, but that would mean giving speeches, attending conferences, appearing on talk shows, and you’d probably get in trouble for trying to lug all your power tools onto airplanes, just in case you needed them. And besides, we’d miss you down at the Ganges Club… : )

      Always lovely to hear from you. Thanks for your wonderful comment, and for making me so heureux! : )

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