When we look around, we typically look and perceive others as “another”; an-other. Our identity is so much aligned with our own self, that we tend to look at others and immediately see all the differences between us.
Typically, we tend to observe differences between us and another person. This happens because we are very identified with our own self. AND, we view this self by its external qualities, such as- I am a man (or woman), rich (or poor), Hindu (or Muslim- another religion) and so on… It is true that at an apparent level, there are many differences in each one of us.
If we are to look deep, we will notice that there are always so many commonalities- even with a person who is at an apparent level very different from us! Let’s take an example of a white person from a rich western European nation and a black person from a very poor African nation. At an apparent level, there will be many differences- skin color, affluence and possibly even health and physical well-being.
BUT, when we look beyond the outer physical differences, we can observe the commonalities- their sense of humor could be different, but laughter is going to release the similar endorphins and ‘happy chemicals’ in their brain! Similarly, what moves them emotionally and how they express their pain could be different, but both of their tears would be salty!
And this is not just the case with another human being. ALL manifested forms have the same underlying divinity. Observe and see the commonality between you and a dog, cat, tree... can you feel the very life-force (the divine presence, it's energy) pulsating in every life-form?
Nowadays, it has become imperative for political and social reasons to say that we believe in equality. But how many of us, are really able to see this common-ness between all and everything in creation??
Make it a point to look at the one-ness that underlies everything in creation. After all, it is the same Divine energy that manifests itself in all this myriad of forms. And this is not limited only to the animate objects! The divine energy underlies even the un-animate objects.
Everything that is created is simply a manifestation of that one Divinity!