People shouting. Cars honking. Motorists and cyclists blocking each other. There are countless interests that collide at an intersection in city traffic. The car driver is annoyed about the driving maneuvers of the cyclists while they rant about pedestrians from their bicycle saddle. And yet all have the same goal: to arrive safely, quickly and as stress-free as possible at their destination.
The intersection is a beautiful symbol of urban life: a clash of different cultures, zeitgeist, attitudes, plans and everyday habits. But even if we come from very different places, backgrounds or cultures, we are ultimately united in where we are headed: We are looking for a place that feels like home. We have the desire to live in peace and to realize our dreams. We wish for a city that not only offers quality of life today, but also tomorrow.
Today’s conversation in society and in media rather emphasizes the differences and what divides us than focuses on the things we do share with one another. We often place the perspective on things that separate us from each other, rather than the goals we all have in common.
So here is to the We. Because we believe it’s not about where we are coming from, but sharing where we want to go. So, why don’t we share the ride on our way to get there?