Imagine a painting. It’s splashed with colors of every shade and hue. Each color shines, individual, vibrant, and unique. Yet, together, they form a magnificent canvas, a masterpiece of diversity. Humanity is that painting.

Since the dawn of time, we’ve been tribal, forming our own little color clusters on this vast canvas. These clusters—our tribes—made us feel safe, made us feel home. But, often, they’ve also drawn invisible borders, born from exclusion, separating us from the other shades on the canvas.

History sings a bitter symphony of these tribal conflicts, each tribe hoisting the banner of divine right and superiority. In every corner of the globe, the colors splattered on our canvas have waged wars against each other, smudging the masterpiece with blood and tears. “Us Versus Them”—a mantra that echoes through the ages, a doctrine of division sculpted from ignorance, fear, and hate.

And what’s worse? We hand down this mantra like a bitter heirloom, passing it on from one generation to the next. This keeps the wheel of prejudice spinning, trapping us in a cycle that keeps the masterpiece divided, that keeps us from embracing the full spectrum of our colors.

But, let’s shift the lens. Imagine gazing at this canvas, only to focus on your own color, your own tribe. It’s like trying to appreciate the Mona Lisa by fixating on her smile alone. It’s a futile attempt that leaves us blind to the beauty and richness of our diversity.

This video whispers a different mantra. It asks us to let go of our tribal lenses and look at the canvas in its entirety. It encourages us to choose unity over division, healing over conflict. It tells us to savor the preciousness of life—every life—not just ours.

And the most potent way to ignite this shift? Teach our children. Let’s guide their eyes to the rainbow of human diversity and help them appreciate the different shades. Let’s help them understand that unity isn’t about erasing our individual colors but about creating a beautiful mosaic with them.

In summary, let’s paint a new masterpiece—a picture of unity born from diversity. Only then can we truly appreciate the artwork that is humanity.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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