Common ground: (n) a basis of mutual interest or agreement.
I do believe the quote is attributed to Sting, lead singer of “The Police.”
It is so easy to sit on the precipice of destruction and discuss, like naughty brats, how much more our destructive weapons could kill your people than yours could destroy ours.
But in the long run, or in the short time it takes for a bomb to explode, people are dead–and most all of them look somewhat like us.
Anything that comes along to encourage the destruction of the planet, the deception of racism, the alienation of the genders or the false pride of a culture is the feeding frenzy for us pursuing the insanity of gobbling one another up in our social cannibalism.
Every single day, in every single way, in every single building where decisions are made about human life, three things have to be honored:
- Flesh may have color, but it is all basically the same.
- If people were created, they have one Father.
- We have not perfected a way to snatch life from death.
This is called common ground.
Everything else is just a silly argument among children about who can jump the highest, and who owns the shiniest bike.