People Are People

People Are People

Sometimes, we’ve heard a word, phrase, or song a million times. We’ve listened superficially so long that we’ve lost the ability to see the layers intended to be heard. There are a million songs like this.

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While looking up a phrase to tag something I had written, Depeche Mode popped up, which seemed strange. After spending a few moments trying to guess how Depeche Mode was in any way related to my idea, I found the lyrics:

“People are people so why should it be
You and I should get along so awfully
So we’re different colors
And we’re different creeds
And different people have different needs
It’s obvious you hate me
Though I’ve done nothing wrong
I never even met you
So what could I have done
I can’t understand
What makes a man
Hate another man
Help me understand…
Now you’re punching and you’re kicking
And you’re shouting at me
I’m relying on your common decency
So far it hasn’t surfaced
But I’m sure it exists
It just takes a while to travel
From your head to your fist…”

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I’ve probably even read a comparison like mine before, but not until this morning did the connection fire correctly in my brain. This isn’t a particularly brilliant observation, given the overwhelming number of times I’ve heard the song or the obviousness of what’s being said.

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It is, however, a great analogy for education. We are all learning, albeit at different paces. And where you’ve been doesn’t matter nearly as much as where you are now. X

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