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We’re all in the same boat

Bill Fox

Bill Fox

By Bill Fox/Columnist

“We’re all co-travellers on the spaceship Earth and must respect and help each other along the way.” – Stan Lee

This past week, I was very proud of my nephew Robbie Fox, who was featured on Global News.

During the Raptors parade, after shots were fired, and crowds panicked, Robbie too was knocked to the ground and had people stepping on him in their haste to escape possible danger.

While on the ground, he heard a woman screaming about losing her children. Robbie managed to get up and went to her aid.

She came to the parade with her husband, four children and their four young friends, and now she had only two children with her.

Robbie found a safe spot in an employees’ hallway to leave the woman and her two kids, and went back into the crowd for an hour looking for any children that seemed to be out of place eventually finding two of them and bringing them all to safety.

After some time, the entire family was reunited and thanked Robbie for his unselfish act.

My son Brendan and Robbie met later after the parade and Robbie related his story.

Brendan posted the story on his Facebook page, thinking his friends and family would be interested in Robbie’s experience.

Within a day, the post had 20,000 shares. After Robbie appeared on Global TV, his story then had more than 45,000 shares.

We are all co-travelers on this big blue and green ship, as it hurtles through outer space. And when compared to the rest of the universe, our planet is a tiny speck of dirt.

And although sailors differ from each other in function – one is an oarsman, another helmsman, etc. – everyone has unique abilities and contributions to the whole, as we all aim for the common goal of safely navigating through this mysterious human existence.

As fellow crew members, we should all learn to respect each other. No role is less important. We need the doctor, the lawyer, the construction worker, and the school teacher all the same, in order to keep us in balance.

We should all do our best at our unique roles, should take extreme ownership, and help each other out. If we blame others then we could all end up dead.

We are all crew on this spaceship we call Earth.

We need to hold hands and stick together, as we move forward at many miles per second through outer space, travelling forward in time towards a destination we can’t predict or control.

As part of ‘Team Humanity,’ we all come from the same source, and we are all fellow passengers to the grave, where together we return from whence we came.

Perhaps we need to recognize our interconnections more as we have never existed as separate, isolated beings.

When wisdom recognizes our oneness and interconnections, it fills us with happiness and transforms our lives. Upon close inspection, our lives are only possible because of the existence of others.

“We eat food that others have grown, wear clothes that others have made, live in houses that others have built. The greater part of our knowledge and beliefs has been communicated to us by other people through the medium of a language that others have created. The individual, if left alone from birth, would remain primitive and beast-like in his thoughts and feelings to a degree that we can hardly conceive. The individual is what he is and has the significance that he has not so much in virtue of his individuality, but rather as a member of a great human society, which directs his material and spiritual existence from the cradle to the grave.” – Albert Einstein.

We are indeed co-travellers on this spaceship Earth, and must respect and help each other along the way.

I think the fact that the post about Robbie has more than 50,000 shares reflects that so many believe what he did was an honourable, unselfish act in the face of danger.    Robbie’s actions reflect what ‘Team Humanity’ is all   about.

I’m at Bdfox@rogers.com if you have other ‘Team Humanity’ stories you would like to share.

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