We are very similar before birth!
I sometimes nearly cry when I see an educated person act childishly or with total stupidity. Why hell don't they see what is crystal clear?
I once asked my colleague teachers at a high school the rationale of teaching scientific facts they don't believe or pretend not to see. The answer was sincere: we play it safe to preserve both the daily bread and Heaven!
Chris mentioned how we are all related, but there is more.
While the following figures are not absolute, the fact is we are actually related to almost everything alive:
- Humans 99.5% (including the poor, the ugly, the colored, the Arians, ...)
- Chimpanzees 96% to 98%
- Mice 92%
- Cats 90%
- Dogs 82%
- Cows 80%
- Cats 80%
- Zebrafish 72%
- Chicken 60%
- Bananas 50%
- The fruit fly (Drosophila) 44%
- Yeast 26%
- Rice 25%
After all, the oxygen (that you breathe while praying whatever god you fancy or that the bear breathes while devouring your pet) and other elements in your body is are the same in those flowers in your garden--just the amounts make the difference!
Another time you feel jealous or something about anyone, remember that we are actually "nothing but an electron looking for a place to rest". No room for doing any harm to anyone under whatever pretext.