I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. -Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
There are many people that I have never gotten to know. I define them by their occupation, their gender, their religion, their race, or their age. It is by this information that I decide whether or not I like them, whether or not they deserve my time, or attention, or money, or respect. I have certain feelings about hunters, and vegans, and panhandlers, and millionaires, until you ask me to talk about one whom I know.
I know a lot of different people. I define them by their passions, their sense of humor, their past mistakes, and their future ambitions. If I know someone, I may not agree with them, but I don’t treat them like a statistic or a characteristic. I treat them like a human being. I love them.
I want to get to know people in a more honest way. I want to go beyond occupation and gender and religion and race and age. I want to understand people. I want to love them better.
Each week, I will introduce someone. It may not be someone you care to know. But I think it’s important that you do… we do.
Let’s get to know each other.
You know, you love.