A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 6, 2018, to discuss Pro Humanitate in a polarized society.

We found there was agreement that different views, backgrounds, opinions etc. can cause some anxiety and can be difficult and uncomfortable. Nonetheless these interactions, feelings, and thought-provoking instances can and should be uniting- for relationships, countries, and the world. Here a few quotes (paraphrased and soon to be plagiarized) that we recorded.

  • Differences do not necessarily make for different ideals- many times stereotypes lead us to believe there are differences that do not really exist.
  • Many times, people desire the same outcome, they just have different ways of getting there.
  • No set of individuals, no matter how independently talented, can accomplish as much as a team working together.
  • It’s where we must go (those uncomfortable places) to make things right- it’s the big waves that make us better.
  • Quilts of different colors are more beautiful.
  • Very few have been given the opportunity to be a part of this family, and so it’s our duty to carry the message and live our lives in the spirit and meaning of Pro Humanitate.