To be human and to live a life on Earth means a lot of things. The world may seem like a big place, and it can seem like people are all so very different from you, depending on where they live, and how. However, you probably have more in common with the rest of the world than you think. You might come from different cultures, believe different things, know people like you who fight with people like them, but it’s best to remember that everyone is a person. Just like you.
Here are 25 images that capture the beauty, the joy, the pain and the hardship that all comes with being a human. They’ll touch you. We promise.
Quoting George S. McGovern
The condition of having two differently-colored eyes is called heterochromia.
The Hamer, or Hamar, live in southwestern Ethiopia.
The Malagasy people are native to Madagascar.
“Yamal,” in the native Nenet language of this northwestern Siberian peninsula, means “End of Land.” A large sinkhole, likely caused by climate change, appeared in the area earlier this year.
Practiced for over 1,000 years, there are an estimated 250 eagle hunters in Western Mongolia.
Alice “Nonie” Dubes and Vivian Boyack, 90 and 91, respectively, have been together for nearly three quarters of a century, and can just now be legally married, as Iowa has legalized same-sex marriage.
Karina Chikitova, 3, wandered away from her home in the Sakha Republic with her dog. It was her dog who ultimately led rescue workers to where she was found to be hungry, but pretty much fine.
There may not be an explanation for why these images are so powerful, but they’re amazing nonetheless.