Human Family

I always really enjoy watching the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics – I think it says a lot about a country when it comes to what they choose to showcase and how they choose to showcase certain things in the performance.

Some things in particular that I appreciated about the performance:

1) When going through Brazil’s history of development as a country, they were not afraid to mention that yes, Brazil was at one point a major spot for the slave trade.

2) One of the moderators for the Opening Ceremony noted that Rio’s budget for this Opening Ceremony was limited, so to get the most for their money one of the first things they did was invest in a high end projector. If you watched the Opening Ceremony I think you would agree that the projector went a long way in making the performance what it was. Good move Rio.

3) The voice-over talking about the rain forest and how important of an issue it is was a great thing to do.

Anyway, great performances from many individuals, teams, and countries. Congratulations. I look forward to the next Olympics in 4 years.


What I really wanted to share today was a poem by Maya Angelou. This poem was used in the very first commercial that aired during the Opening Ceremony. It was a voice-over done with a collection of photos taken on Apple’s iPhone 6.

I’ve read poetry before but hearing somebody recite poetry in the absolutely beautiful way Maya Angelou is able to recite poetry, is amazing.

Below is Maya Angelou’s poem Human Family.

Human Family 

 I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.

Some declare their lives are lived
as true profundity,
and others claim they really live
the real reality.

The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight,
brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.

I’ve sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I’ve seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.

I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
but I’ve not seen any two
who really were the same.

Mirror twins are different
although their features jibe,
and lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side.

We love and lose in China,
we weep on England’s moors,
and laugh and moan in Guinea,
and thrive on Spanish shores.

We seek success in Finland,
are born and die in Maine.
In minor ways we differ,
in major we’re the same.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

~Maya Angelou


Housekeeping Note: Fun fact of the day – the 5 Olympic Rings are supposed to represent the 5 continents on Earth.

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