We need to help issue in an era of tolerance, acceptance, friendship, respect, support, and compassion for all. We need peace.
Hate does not stop hate; anger does not stop anger; murder does not stop murder; war does not stop war; intolerance does not stop intolerance.
The only thing that can help change all this and heal our world is compassion, love, and kindness. No one is born hating. We are born happy, curious, trusting, and liking everyone. We are born loving – it is in our nature.
We need to stop the cycle. And the way to stop that is to cease teaching intolerance and hatred to our children. If each generation is brought up learning to love and accept others, the cycle would end. We need to teach our children, each other, and ourselves, to love.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
We need to reach out, communicate, talk to each other, get to know each other. Learn about each other’s struggles, fears, hopes, and dreams. Appreciate, treasure, and support each other. Celebrate our differences, cheer for each other, and help each other. Show compassion and kindness. Build bridges, not walls and artillery.
And as we reach out to others and touch the humanity in each other, we then feel the connection and similarities to each other. We then can realize and know and feel that despite all our differences, we have much more in common. We are all human – feeling, caring, intelligent, loving.
I can change me. I can look at my thoughts, feelings, memories, hurts, and stuck places, and I can explore them, understand them, and bring healing where it’s needed. I can acknowledge and then heal the parts of me that hate, that are intolerant, greedy, fearful, or angry.
So even if we can’t directly stop the hatred “out there,” we can stop the hatred “in here,” inside ourselves. And if we each stop and heal the hating within ourselves, the entire world would change.
My hope is that as so much hatred is currently so pronounced and explosive and visible, it is reaching a critical point where people are moved and will decide to make different choices. But that is not in my control. For me, all I can do is face and address all the parts within me that hate or that I hate, and heal those places.
We definitely need healing in this world, and I believe we are moving in that direction.
I also believe that there is a lot more good, love, gentleness, kindness, understanding, and compassion in this world than there is hatred – but that does not make the headlines or the news.
So I invite each of you to look inside yourself, and be honest as to what is there. The dark places are not something to fear or cover up, but rather places that need light so that they can heal. I believe that is part of what we are here for – to heal those places within us.
And in so doing, we help to heal the world and bring peace.
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