People from various backgrounds see a commonality in the face of the smiling Sumra girl from Ethiopia. I don’t know the background of the photo but it paints a broader image of the human family. We speak hundreds of languages, but the smile is understood by everyone. We all want to live well, yet each of us understands the simple kindness of a friendly jester. We have different appearances, yet if you look inside of our bodies, we cannot distinguish the black from the white, the rich from the poor, or anything else that superficially distinguishes us.
I was asked by a non-Muslim, why did God give humanity different colors. His implication was the differences in color, race, and ethnicity were detrimental to human beings. He went on to say these differences are the cause for disharmony, hatred, and strife. My response to him was, imagine if you took your wife to the botanical garden to see the flowers and the only ones that were planted and in bloom were red roses. Red roses are magnificent and beautiful flowers but can you imagine acres upon acres of red roses? The impact of their beauty would diminish over time.
We live in a time where we are able to appreciate people based on their terms and how they define themselves. A small bit of humanity can go a very long way towards making our tribe more compassionate.