I wrote this in June 2013 (The numbers are a little off but I think it is still pertinent)
There are approximately 7,121,329,380 people in the world, and I am one of them. Nearly 3,523,843,881 people on earth are women, and I’m one of them. Less than 2% of the human population are natural redheads, and I am one of them. Roughly 90% of the women in the world are right-handed. I am one of them. Approximately 35,000,000 people live in Canada and I’m one of them. More than 2.1 million people in the world are affected by MS. I am one of them.
The reason I have taken the time to show you these statistics is because people need to understand that they are part of a group. We are not alone. There are actually billions of us in this great big beautiful boat we call the earth and we need to take care of it. We spend so much time arguing over our differences that we forget to look at our similarities. Every single person on this earth has the same colour blood I do. We all need air to breathe and food to eat. We all feel pain, anger, dismay and love. We have children, we have hobbies, we have nightmares and we have dreams. We are living longer than we did 100 years ago but I’m not sure that we are living better. Our cultures are different, our aspirations are different and our languages are different. But don’t you think we have more in common than we do differences? As a species we started in the same place. We all struggled out of the primordial sludge and over the years we developed a brain, a thought process and an attitude. We need to put it to good use.
There is something else I want to point out. Of the more than 7 billion people in the world there is only one me. I am unique. I am an original. I am special, in exactly the same way that you are special. Never ever again in the history of our species will you, or I, ever exist again. Now don’t you feel significant?