In Western society, we are largely taught to believe in labels and positions, in prestige and purpose. But the truth is, nobody is better than anyone else.
Stripped away from our titles and job descriptions, and jumbled in a room together, we would see that we’re all just the same. And our pretenses and fears and insecurities of measuring up would fall away. Because, in the end—and in the beginning—we are simply souls incarnated in a body. Here on earth to experience ourselves as a blip in time, face-to-face, in connection, in friendships, and in “foes.”
As Paul Coelho wrote, “we are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.”
We are true wisdom when we realize that there is no hierarchy, that no one is better than anyone else. We are equal. The person who cleans is no more or less than the executive. It’s the soul shining through we are meant to see.
So next time you’re standing next to someone who’s more “accomplished” than you, or you’re about to enter a room full of movers and shakers, or you’re about to check out at the check-out line, remember this: no one is better than you. We’re all sparks of the divine.
And as Ram Dass once wrote, “We’re all just walking each other home.”