Imagine a high school cafeteria. Groups of boys and girls sit together, in small and large groups or by themselves. Certain tables are loud, others, quiet. Loners are silent. At each one, certain topics or mannerisms come up regularly that lend a table its identity: the loud table, the Goth table, the Latino table.
One table’s members might turn their noses up at another table. The members of another table might envy another table, wishing they could sit there instead of where they are at.
When we see this scenario in movies, you know who the hero is? The one from the popular table, who goes to sit at another table, even with a loner. That person cares more about people than about being popular, connections rather than personal gain, doing the right thing rather than the opinion of popular kids.
We may not be in high school, but these groupings still exist. They are the cultures and language groups we work and shop with.
Out in your daily life, you can be like this hero. Learn languages. You can cross over, outside of your group to connect with others. As I’ve been saying for the past few weeks:
I believe that we all should put ourselves out there to love. More specifically, we need to sacrifice for one another, especially for those in need.
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