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Enable us to actually meet each other
before we think we know someone.
Remind us that nobody fits
neatly into a box on a census form.
We all came from somewhere
and nobody owns the Earth.
We’re all sub-letting here, till our time is up,
so grant us camaraderie and kinship.
Not tolerance.
Not just putting up with each other,
but openness and a world-wide welcome mat.
Allow us to share this space,
and consider every living thing
our next-door neighbors.

-Ruth Williams
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