Former President Bill Clinton told graduating seniors at a small Illinois college Saturday that the world’s divisions can be bridged if people embrace their similarities rather than their differences.
Clinton pointed to human genome research aimed at unlocking cures for diseases that he said shows all human beings share 99.9 percent of the same genetic makeup.
But people still spend their time dwelling on political, religious and cultural differences that spawn terrorism, wars and other divides, Clinton said during a commencement address at Knox College.
“The only way you can give up your malice, your anger, your division is if you believe that our common humanity is more important than our interesting differences,” Clinton said. Clinton delivered his commencement address in the shadows of Knox’s Old Main, a national historic landmark where Abraham Lincoln spoke out against slavery during a Lincoln-Douglas debate in 1858.