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All Lives Matter

I learned this song in elementary school;

"Jesus loves the little children,

all the children of the world.

Red, and yellow, black and white,

they are precious in His sight.

Jesus loves the little children of the world."

Sadly, these lyrics would come under scrutiny today because the song refers to people by colors. However, the premise was not to disrespect any race or culture, but to state that God loves us all. June has been designated pride month to focus on diversity and inclusion of all people. Too bad we need to have a month designated to remind us of how important people are to the world.

If you look at the partial history books (they are all incomplete) you will see contributions to the world from people on every continent in the world. Yes, certain people have been wrongly and unjustly treated for centuries; however, they provided valuable inventions we benefit from today. An Asian man, Cai Lun, perfected paper printing in 50 AD. Thomas Young, a German, invented the contact lens in 1801. Russian chemist and scientist Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev created the Periodic Table of Elements. The Iroquois Indians took bear gut, added a nipple, and created the first baby bottles. Angelo Moriondo of Turin, an Italian, created and patented the first expresso coffee maker (Say thank you Starbucks). Danish brothers Lars and Jens Rasmussen along with Australians Neil Gordon and Stephen Ma developed the platform for Google Maps in 2003. Dr Therdchai Jivacate, an orthopedic surgeon from Thailand, enabled high-quality prosthetic limbs to be available at a low cost.

I could go on and list several other accomplishments from unknown people in other cultures responsible for our many daily conveniences. Many of us never heard of these people or their genius. Our lives would be more complicated without their inventions. Those of you reading this post have given the world contributions and blessings that make life better for those around you. You matter. We all matter. It is my sincere desire that one day we will garner a greater appreciation for each other without a month to be set aside, a holiday to be remembered, or a statue to be erected. Dr. Martin Luther King said it best; "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

We are not their yet, but if we can give more energy and focus to true diversity, equity, and inclusion, we will see this world become a better place to live for ourselves and generations following. Let's all be proud of who we are, our values, our faith, our beliefs, and the fact that our unique perspectives contribute to a world that is stronger through our differences, than it would be if we were all the same.

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