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We talk a lot about equality. But sometimes we mix up equality and sameness as if they both mean the same thing.

Sameness is when something is identical to another thing. For example, two blue triangles of exactly the same size and dimension; or three green squares of exactly the same size and dimension.

Equality is when something comes to the same value as another thing. For example, (4 + 4) = 8; (2 + 2 + 1 + 3) = 8. Many other math equations equal 8, using many combinations of math techniques. But I’ll spare you all that.

Two or more things can be completely different, but still be completely equal. Why is that so difficult for us to understand? We can get it with math, so let me try something.

There is an equation for humans that works with any skin color, any culture, any personality, any gender, and any whatever else you can think of that makes up a human being. The equation always equals the same thing. It doesn’t matter what you put into the equation; it always equals a human being that God loves very much.

You equal a human being that God loves very much.

Your best friend equals a human being that God loves very much.

That person you just can’t stand equals a human being that God loves very much.

You have never met a human that is not your equal.