“…is not like the other. One of these things doesn’t belong.”
I remember that song from a children’s show I used to watch when I was young. I remember enjoying finding the differences quickly. It was a fun game. But it trained me to notice differences and attached differences to “not belonging.” Wrong.
While differences can lead to division and pain, the simple recognition of a difference does not have to lead down that road.
Maybe we could instead, hold a space in which we see our differences and our commonality. With them side by side we can see what actually might set us apart (important differences), and what brings us together (important commonalities), and celebrate both.