Dr. Seuss’s “Horton Hears a Who!” offers sage advice that we sometimes forget.
In our busy lives, we often disconnect from society and choose to associate with people who we know are just like us. However, when we do that, it becomes easy to dehumanize people.
We should remember that everyone is a person, with their own religious beliefs, their own way of thinking and their own way of carrying themselves.
Lamar University has a diverse student population, and we have to keep in mind that, regardless of one’s religious beliefs, skin color, socioeconomic status or aspirations, we’re here to better ourselves.
We are here to improve our minds, but, more importantly, we are here to improve ourselves as people.
We should take time to visit with classmates who, on the surface, may not fit our normal circle of friends. Seek out the “other.” Make friends with people from other ethnicities, other religions — what makes them tick?
Not everyone will turn out to be your best friend, but the process of stepping out of the norm is a learning experience. It is likely we’ll find that the “other” is simply “another” — they share the same hopes and dreams for the American ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
In this time of a “Divided” rather than “United” States, seeking common ground is the best way to improve both ourselves and society. It is the real purpose of education.