This article brought tears to my eyes. Perhaps it will inspire someone else, as well. There is a chance that at some point, the article will be taken from the news site that presented it, so some details are shared below. Maybe Google can help.
The article is about Harry Bernstein, who was 96 the first time he was published. He wrote a memoir about his childhood, living in poverty and right across the street from Christians who were just as poor as his family [he is Jewish]. And yet the two lived in separate worlds, divided by one street and a chasm of hatred.
How is it that we so often fail to see our similarities and can only see our differences? And how is it that we can find it in ourselves to hate someone just because they’re different? If you were exactly the same as me, then one of us would be pointless, yes?
We should embrace and celebrate our differences because each one of us is a beautiful, if unique, facet of who God is. It is my belief that if we could all see the similarities between the different races and religions, creeds and abilities, we would all truly become One, and our differences would become mostly irrelevant [we might continue to use those traits as a form of description, but the judgment would be gone].
There is a way to do this. The world is continuing to grow and evolve, as is the human race. We have the resources and ability to make things better in the world, to bring peace. The choice is Yours.