Anybody: (pron) 1. anyone: (e.g. there wasn’t anybody around) 2. a person of importance (e.g.: everybody who was anybody came)
Shall we refer to it as the four different approaches to Earth-family?
1. Family consists of those individuals who share my DNA, live in my house or in close proximity to my home, and in some way have been spawned through my procreative efforts.
2. Family are those born of my passion, but also a few friends that I’ve let in, and consider to be “extended” beings in our clique.
3. Family are those who share a state, country, religion or agreement with me politically or socially, who I embrace as my traveling companions because of our similar value system.
4. Family is anybody.
That’s right–any human who has a body.
I love that word for that reason.
You can see with the first three applications that we promote a cloudy atmosphere of prejudice which doesn’t mind occasionally slipping into bigotry.
Of course, it is risky:
- You have to stop believing that your little Brian or Susie is more intelligent than the off-spring of the family down the street.
- You must understand that even though you are very devoted to your rendition of faith, that faith without works is dead, and people who believe and bear fruit are the ones who will survive the test of time.
- You probably will have to abandon the concept that “America is exceptional” and that the rest of the planet must stand in line in second- and third-world positions.
- And you certainly will need to run away from preference due to sex, age, beliefs and orientation.
It is scary to love just anybody, but since we all share a common flesh, the true magic in life is to see if we can discover … a universal spirit.
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