In the world we live in today, there is a little known entity that is able to change people, families and nations. It is something that has become relative in its rendering and turned into something entirely different.

In its true form it is powerful and capable of monumental change fearlessly creating an inclusivity of all that appears different. The absence of it creates an illusion of superiority with nothing to stand on, indemnified based on fear of the unknown rather than on the strength of its existence, which is why doing the wrong things believing them to be right has to be justified by any means.

We have witnessed the power of its implementation throughout the world — Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun living a life of service to the poor and disenfranchised, Mahatma Gandhi in India and Martin Luther King Jr. in the Americas who believed even in the midst of persecution and hatred, impoverishment and hunger this entity could move and change the hearts of the wicked.

We have also witnessed the power of its absence. Unjust laws passed favoring the wealthy, murders of men and women by those in authority, mass shootings of innocent people and on and on and on.

There is a saying that can lead us to look at the possible realities of our own mistakes: “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.” This saying puts us right in the middle of blame and acceptance. It can speak of our inability or refusal to recognize when we’ve been had, because after all who wants to admit when they’ve been duped, taken in or fooled?

Since the dawn of humanity one would think it would have been figured out by now as man has been fooled over and over and over again by focusing on others’ differences and the influences we allow them to have over us which has done nothing but fragment, fraction and divide us all.

This widely known entity twisted into a delusional implementation based on our own creed and struggle, fears and self preservation continues to cloud our minds and hearts that we can no longer see the forest for the trees.

Our inability to recognize how our differences can galvanize humanity into being stronger together when backed by the strongest force ever known will continue to weaken us toward our own destruction. That entity and that force is a simple four letter word that can pack a mighty blow. Without it, all we see are differences. This force, this word is love. Love can make a difference.

Our obsession with differences has only served to separate man from the universal theme of unity versus the universality of divide and conquer which is to say, where there is good, evil is always lurking.

Humanity has been fooled and consistently shortchanged because of a refusal to accept the fact that change and differences are constant. Change is an evidentiary fact that is faced every day of living.

Even Biblically for those who adhere to the tenets of religiosity, it is stated: “I have been young, and now am old.”

No one stays young forever. Change is inevitable. Make no mistake about it, differences are also a constant in that there are no two people who are alike. It does not matter what culture or race one is. It does not matter what family or household in which one lives, differences abound.

One might argue the case of similarity, but similarity does not denote sameness. Within each culture, race, family or household can be found differences that make each person unique within themselves. Some may be short or tall, fat or thin, with blue, green, brown or black eyes; with different colored hair, but none are the same.

Love prevents us from seeing those differences and hating them for it is within our own family dynamic. So, if we choose to permit the differences we see in others to create hatred so fierce it devoids us of empathy, compassion and love, how can there ever truly be peace and unity?

It is merely a facade hidden behind closed doors. lf differences are to be the focal point of our existence, then perhaps we should start within our own framework of inclusiveness.

Over the centuries and down through the years if focusing on the differences of others have not taught us anything, it should have shown us its destructive power. Differences can make a difference good or bad, depending on how we choose to wield this perceptive power, and there are only two choices in which it can be harnessed, either through love or hate. These are our only viable choices.

We have to go back and look at our history and then realize it is necessary to avoid repeating past mistakes. There is another quote or saying which states; “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Learned, we have not in that our obsession with the differences we see in others continues to be a bane in our existence and only holds humanity captive struggling more than is necessary to reach the pinnacle of greatness that confronts mankind. This divide and conquer plan implemented by the universal forces of evil is the kryptonite which hinders our ability to soar to higher heights and perhaps even explore the vastness of the universe that is our minds.

When will the time come for humanity to learn and come to the realization that difference is really what makes us stronger and not enemies?

Regardless of how a few men or women sitting in high places try to convince the citizens of this world who we should be afraid of, who our enemies are, telling us who is to blame for our blight in life, forcing their own fears and weakness on the backs of everyone else, then humanity will continue to struggle and fall short of its potential for greatness, White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Indian or otherwise, all most people want is to merely live free, secure in striving to be better, to grow, prosper and achieve their own greatness.

We are indeed stronger together than we will ever be apart.

So if hatred is the only source of comfort and self gratification, if it is the only way to feel good about self, then nothing has been learned from history, and we will ultimately be consumed by a past long gone even within its own change. In other words, left behind.

Love can make a difference. Let’s give it a try.

Rev. Charles Hudson is the pastor of Union Grove CME Church.