Coexist: (v) to exist at the same time or in the same place
It’s stuck right there in the middle. I’m talking about the word “coexist.”
In the chain of understanding that links us together as human beings, coexist perches on the fifty-yard line.
When we don’t respect one another, we look at other humans as “occupying space.” They are occupiers. Therefore they can be bumped, shoved and pushed around to get out of our more important way.
On the other side of coexist is “include.” This is when we realize that our space on Earth is our space on Earth, and is linked equally to every other compartment.
But somewhere along the line, in order to move away from occupying, where we disdain the value of other souls–toward including, where we not only respect but also grant dignity to the lives of others–is this neutrality of coexist.
In other words: “You have every right to be here, just like me, whether I feel that way today or not.”
- Coexist gets rid of racism.
- Coexist removes hyper-culturalism.
- Coexist also demands that we cease waving our flag, ignoring the patriotism of others.
- Coexist is a journey we take, where we lose our ignorance on our way to kindness.
Let’s learn to coexist.
Maybe we won’t get any further than that–but it’s enough to keep us from killing each other each and every day.
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