To what point do we have to think that the concepts of similarities and differences are opposite concepts? At least when related to human nature.
For some time now every time I think about utopias, about religions, about politics (partisan or not), about tolerance, about society in general, I can’t stop thinking about them as brother concepts, as inseparable and complementary, almost in a paradoxical way: our differences as manifestation of our similarities, our similarities as manifestation of our differences.
The image on top is part of a photograph series of photographers Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek called “Exactitudes” that, borrowing Erin Loechner words, bring out “the idea that we are all expressing our own individuality while simultaneously looking exactly like each other”.
The video is a talk given by the writer Karen Walrond after a trip to Africa about her observations and reflections about our attitude toward differences and similarities depending on our context.