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Kimberly Ann

Program Manager, Atienza Kali

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What is the bond that holds a community together? If woven properly, how can this common bond positively change the world?

How do we use this bond to strengthen our relationships and grow together as a species?


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  • Jul 16 2013: I wish it were that simple. But despite popular notion and even the words in the US Declaration of Independence, that we "hold these truths to the self evident that all mane are created equal", the truth is we are not created at all. We exist as the result of a natural genetic compositing process which is never "directed" to match perfectly suited gene sources, Therefore despite illusion of beautiful people, imperfection is the rule and perfection that absolutely rarity if at all. So we are all unique, The wonderful thing is that more than anything else uniqueness can unite us. All the things that have traditionally divided us into illusions of purity have been illusions. But uniqueness--even if it distinguishes us, is the thing that was can most embrace to unite us. No two humans look the same except twins. And they are the rare exception. If we yield to uniqueness, we know that behind every appearance is one of a kind. We can then say it is worth the benefit of the doubt to reserve judgment and let that uniqueness add itself to us. And that can be our "bond".

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