Enjoy diversity

If aliens came to Earth, they would be shocked that humans hate and fight and kill each other over skin color. They might say, “Humanity’s diversity of color is what makes them special, but they can’t see it. Humans are like a bowl of M&Ms — their different colors make them appear more delicious — but they all taste alike!”

We should remember that what’s important in life should not be to serve a particular ethnic group, skin color or ideology, but to serve man.

I have friendships and working relationships with many people who are different from me, but we are able to enjoy our common ground. Sometimes we even enjoy our differences. All people share common ground on many subjects. We might like the same books or sports teams, music or TV shows.

Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in spite of having radically opposing political and judicial philosophies, were close friends. Republican President Ronald Reagan and Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill spat publicly, but loved to get together and share a laugh over Irish jokes. So it’s possible; we don’t have to be at each other’s throats.

And if the aliens ever do attack, our tribal differences will become less important to us than our bond as people of the Earth, standing up to defend our shared home. That bond can begin now.

W.D. Sherman Olson

Eau Claire