Changing One Word Can Unify the World

Here we are in the twenty-first century, third millenium, still dividing ourselves into pieces and parts. We identify with this religion or that, this political party or the opposition, liberal or conservative or somewhere between, “our” sports team, “our” alma mater. We note color, size, shape, age, gender, and gender oreintation. We use each alliance as a means to further separate from each other. Covid-19 even sparked opposing opinions on what it is and what to do about it.

Whether you realize it or not, Covid is a game-changer.

I’ve seen and heard the phrase “human race” used many times in recent weeks.

As soon as I see or hear the word “race” I wonder why it ever got associated with skin colors of human beings. Some (1500s) used the word to divide men and women into two species. Another former use of the word makes more sense - to refer to species of plants and animals, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Clearly plants are varied in species as are animals. Daisies do not function as dogs do. Squash plants and irises do not behave as horses and mice do. Squash plants and irises, though they are plants, bear different kinds of fruit and support different kinds of life. Horses and mice, though animals, have different behaviors and ways of being in the world.

Humans on the other hand, aside from color, are the same in ways that should never isolate us.

Color is not an issue for humans when considering birds, pets, cars, clothing, and home décor. It is considered pleasing to have rainbows of varying color on a plate or in a vase. I remember the coveted box of 68 crayons and now we have 120 and 152 to choose from! We love heirloom tomatoes, not only for the flavor, but the color variation. In the majority of human thought processes, color is something to celebrate rather than to use against those born with contrasting skin pigmentation.

Minus the color association, the word “race” denotes an immediate division between people, one potentially better than another.


  1. a competition between runners, horses, vehicles, boats, etc., to see which is the fastest in covering a set course.


  1. compete with another or others to see who is fastest at covering a set course or achieving an objective.

When you think of it that way, the word “race” as used to divide us into color groups, implies that humans are in competition with each other. So far the application of that word fuels competitiveness for the very things all humans need and want for quality of life. The word itself creates an inhospitable atmosphere in which fear of someone else having more than we do governs societal choices and feeds an unbalanced society of domination where unity can never be achieved. The word “race” is not conducive to cooperation and current usage endangers innocent lives. It stunts our ability to have any kind of healthy relationships between people of different skin pigmentations.

Everyone deserves a good, healthy, and safe life.

So where do we go from here?

We are Humanity

1. the human race; human beings collectively. the fact or condition of being human; human nature.

2. humaneness; benevolence, the human species

We are Humankind

We are souls on a journey.

We are beings with indefatigable spirits.

We are One.

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Author, Earth Divine - Adventures of an Everyday Mystic speaker/storyteller, peace alchemist, artist, award-winning story Transformed,