A television advert from Denmark is feeling the love on social media on account of its simple message: human beings have far more in common than we have differences.
At times, the world can feel so divided. Political differences and borders dominate the headlines. So it's good to be reminded that we're all just humans trying to live our lives as best we can.
What's all this got to do with love and dating and relationships, you might be asking. Well ask yourself if you've ever dismissed someone's friendship on account of "having nothing in common"? Or avoided getting to know a work colleague because they look or behave so differently to you? Or stood next to the same person day after day on your commute, without striking up a conversation? In short, how often in your initial meetings do you make a tangible effort to really get to know someone and find common ground?
We're not saying that you have to hit it off with everyone you encounter, but, as the video states, there's clearly a lot more to be gained from finding connections than from assuming perceived differences. And at the end of the day, we all want to connect.
Watch the video to see the beautiful moment that a woman is confronted with the paramedic who saved her husband's life. The gamer coming face to face with an online friend he's never met. Two men who lived in the same house, decades apart. The woman meeting the midwife whose face was the first she ever saw. People they may have walked past in the supermarket aisle without a second thought. People who will now quite possibly remain friends for life.
"It’s easy to mind your own business," says the narrator of the short film. "It takes a little more effort to mind the community. But doesn’t the feeling of having something in
common...something that connects us, make it worthwhile?
"Just below the surface, a total stranger can turn out to be
someone you’re actually connected to. Someone who rouses forgotten memories.
Someone who reminds you that you’re not alone. But that somebody else also has
a bulldog named Prebby!
"We have so much in common, we just don’t always notice it."
Look for the common ground. Who knows where it might lead.