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A World Without Fear and Hatred

15 Jul

I’ve often wondered what life would be like if all the inhabitants of earth lived life without fear. Now, I’m not talking about fear of snakes or spiders, or even the fear of bodily harm. Those fears are real and if not acknowledged can be very detrimental to our wellbeing. No, what I’m talking about are the delusional fears that come from centuries of tribal conflicts handed down from generation to generation.

We typically refer to these types of fear as xenophobia or racism. Xenophobia is the intense fear and hatred of foreign people, their customs and culture. Racism is the intense fear and hatred of other races, and the belief that those races are inferior to our own.

Now where do these beliefs come from? We are not born with hatred and fear, so obviously it must be learned. But who teaches us to hate and disparage others? Unfortunately, it is the people and institutions we love and trust the most; our parents, grandparents, other family members, schools and even religious institutions. After all, they wouldn’t lie to us, would they?

This is the type of fear and hatred we learn over the kitchen table where tales of long ago wars and genocides are handed down from one generation to the next. These retellings become the seeds of hatred towards others that perpetuate long ago wrongs. Children learn which people they can trust and which they can’t. Which people are equal to them and which are beneath them. Which people to associate with and which to shun.

The ironic thing is that our customs and culture feel right to us because we were born into them, but others become judgments for fear, hatred, bigotry and racism.

So what would be different in the lives of earth’s citizens if we did not feel the fears of xenophobia and racism?  Probably fewer wars and conflicts between nations. Maybe less partisanship between differing political points of view. Maybe an end to racial and ethnic profiling. And then hopefully, a greater tolerance for others opinions based upon the fact that all people filter their perceptions through their communal customs.

And so I ask this of you my reader, that today you put an end to xenophobia, racism, bigotry and hatred of others in your life. And pledge to never teach your children to fear or hate another human being, but to only love your neighbor as yourself.

Remember, we are all children of the same God.

With love,

Michael

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