I am posting late today because I spent the whole day at the Cleveland Zoo with my bride and younger children. We hadn’t been all summer- it was too hot when I was on vacation- and my daughter, who goes to Catholic school, was off for a teachers’ day or something, so I packed her and her homeschooled brother and the littles and we went to the zoo.
Where I spent a lot of time looking at the humans. I don’t like crowds, so any time in a public place is interesting, especially in an urban area. There was quite the mix, black and white and brown and short and thin and fat. Actually, a lot of fat. When I visualized life in the twenty first century back in the sixties I pictured jet packs and flying cars, not a world with so many large people. Or people with tattoos and piercings and weird hair.
But there it is, the future, before my eyes.
And I saw Muslims and Hindus, and Africans, but no Orthodox Jews or Amish, like we usually do on a trip to the zoo.
And it is not like a trip to Rome, where at the pilgrimage sites you see humanity in even greater diversity, but united by something larger.
At the zoo you realize that you share not much with most of these humans; not philosophically or theologically or morally or politically or culturally. Just your common humanity, which in the world as it is has to be enough to live and work together.
I know the record of humans is not good on that, but one must hope.