Humanity… One?

It is common currency today that humanity is one.  But we have different ideas about what implications that has.  Consider the following quotes…

We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race. We all share the same basic values. –Kofi Atta Annan

All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul. — Mahatma Gandhi

I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am. — Joseph Baretti

We have a world for each one, but we do not have a world for all. — Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

So do we share the same values, or just share the value that we should share the same values?  Do we share a respect for each other, or a disappointment with ourselves? Or both?  Am I responsible for you? To you? With you?  The great question for our age is not whether humanity is in some sense one.  The question is what difference it makes.


Quotes sourced from finestquotes, thinkexist, and quotegarden

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