It is natural to observe and emphasize our differences. Attracting friends, demonstrating personal prowess and competing for jobs can make us focus on our strengths and unique qualities. Individually, God asks us to be perfect, meaning we should always work towards personal growth. However, collectively, God asks us to be unified.
Competition increases enmity while collaboration increases love. Just like the rivers Solimões and Negro which flow together for a number of miles before the waters blend, due to the rivers having very different origins, speeds, temperatures, and chemical compositions, we must collectively blend. This does not mean that we deny the experiences we’ve had which are the source of our strength but it does mean collaborating with people from all different backgrounds.
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