As the New Year begins, I can’t help but dwell on something that occurred to me: how little the concept of race has always mattered. To me, all it means is the color of a person’s hair, skin, and eyes, which ultimately matters about as much as the points on “Whose Line Is It Anyway”: not at all. Take away that concept, and you’ll find that we humans aren’t so different from each other after all. Food, music, emotions, whatever. In the end, we’re all basically the same.
For instance, let’s take perhaps the two most iconic foods in the Eastern and Western Hemispheres, respectively: curry and pizza. For the uninitiated, curry is basically a cross between a spicy sauce and a spicy stew filled with assorted meat and vegetables, usually served with rice or noodles. And pizza…well, you know what that is, right? Just in case you don’t, it’s basically a flatbread usually topped with tomato sauce, cheese, and a bunch of other stuff. If you think of it, the two of them aren’t so different after all. Both are very labor-intensive dishes that require a lot of heat to cook effectively, but they’re both well worth the effort, they can both be eaten hot or cold, and you can put just about anything in or on either of them and they’d still taste delicious.
It’s the same way with us humans. We all feel happy, sad, angry, scared, loved, hated, etc. We all want to be remembered in one way or another. We all have some sort of morals to guide us. We all have biases and a desire to rectify them, whether we’re aware of them or not.
So, as this year progresses and the people of the world become more and more interconnected, let’s all take a moment to consider just how similar we all are.