I was folding laundry early this morning when I started musing for those of you who don't have our English II vocabulary workbook, musing means daydreaming. I love doing mundane chores like laundry, because it allows my mind to wander, even to go blank for a while, and then my thoughts come freely. So ... I was folding the laundry, and it contained two of my son's uniforms: his soccer uniform and his McDonald's uniform. And in my musing, I started thinking about what makes us the same, and what makes us different.
"Same" and "different" are important concepts. One of my favorite Sesame Street segments was when the show would display four things on the screen, and Ernie would sing, "One of these things is not like the others; one of these things doesn't belong..." Starting when we are little, we learn to put things into categories, and we look at the world through a lens that distinguishes what is alike and what is different.