There are so many "best of" 2013 lists, and different measurements behind them. Time announced Pope Francis as its "Person of the Year." Similarly, the top song of 2013 that changed perspectives, and really united us all as human beings was "Same Love" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The song is incredibly powerful in sending a message as to how all of us can be ignorant to the world that exists outside of ourselves.
As much as we can doubt his twerking abilities, Pope Francis has proven to be a pretty rad guy. As Time magazine put it: "...in less than a year, he has done something remarkable: he has not changed the words, but he’s changed the music" referring to, specifically, the Catholic Church. The Pope's focus on love and compassion is part of his bringing the focus of the church back to simply doing good.
Turn the tables about 180 degrees away from the Catholic Church and find common ground between Macklemore and Pope Francis in the lyrics of the song "Same Love":
Whatever God you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear, underneath, it's all the same love
About time that we raised up!
A world so hateful
Some would rather die
Than be who they are
No law's gonna change us
We have to change us
Some of Pope Francis' greatest quotes this year:
"There is no Catholic God, there is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation. Jesus is my teacher and my pastor, but God, the Father, Abba, is the light and the Creator. This is my Being.”
“A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person."
"Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us."
It’s easy to see that the Pope and Mackelmore have similar messages, with very different delivery methods. In a world where we strive to have political correctness much of the time, it is commendable that both men have the guts to speak their minds and work to break barriers.