Dictionary.com defines the word “coexist” this way:
verb (used without object)
1. to exist together or at the same time.
2. to exist separately or independently but peaceably, often while remaining rivals or adversaries.
You may have seen this image* before. I love it. It’s a fantastic visual that clearly and effectively demonstrates the point of the word being used: completely separate and independent symbols existing together to create a meaningful, cohesive, and nonviolent word. And in creating this image, I’m guessing the creator had intended to inspire separate and independent humans to exist together to create a meaningful, cohesive, and nonviolent world.
But inspiration will only get us so far. Then hard work has to take over. It’s like that in anything in life, right? Especially when it comes to relationships and human interactions. It’s hard for people to exist peaceably, period, nevermind while remaining rivals or adversaries.
That’s why I love this image. Though it says we’ve got work to do, it defies the odds.
*I have no idea where to give credit for this image. If you know its origin, please do tell.