One, Human Family: An Example of Why We Should Work Together

This video does a good job of illustrating the importance of recognizing how powerful we can be when we decide to work together.

“Dr. Martin Luther King once said that “we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Fear is at the root of all conflict. Overcoming it can be a challenging process, and giving in to it can keep us from being able to understand this message and its benefits.

Sometimes our fears and misunderstanding of others can cause us to think, feel and act (consciously or unconsciously) in ways that work against our own self-interests. The ways in which we do this can be seen in the broader culture through policies, within education or other social institutions, or even within our own personal or professional relationships acted out through our prejudices.

Fear of being hurt, losing money, status, resources or other forms of privilege can cause us to cling tightly to systems, values and beliefs that may be oppressive to others who may seem different from us. While we may think that we’re holding onto something for ourselves, in limiting the capacity of others, we lose as a society collectively.”

From Equity through Non-Violent Communication and Social Action: An OU Interview with Relando: part 7

“When we become aware that who we are is tied to everyone else just like the water in the bottle is tied to the river it was collected from then it becomes clear that our acceptance and love for others is a reflection of how much we accept and love ourselves.”

Dr. Lumas Helaire


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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  1. Mikel Brown says:

    Great video representation!!!

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