I found this article and the embedded video to be quite moving.
How can we do this to each other?
What can we do to stop it and to change it once and for all?
The answers I keep coming back to start with abandoning the mythologies of religion. Whatever good comes from them is attainable without the dogma that’s been used to kill millions over the centuries and which continues to the present.
The second thing I think we need to do is to change the way we think about capitalism. It needs to function with a conscience. I’m convinced that it can if we consumers demand as much.
The third is to consciously work as individuals and as a society at being more compassionate, more empathetic, and more accepting of people who aren’t exactly like us.
It’s never too late to do any of these. I still believe in humanity, and in our ability to live peacefully even when our societies and cultures are different.
What I do think is that we adults need to do a much better job of not just teaching our children these lessons, but we need to be much, much better at actually living them in front of children.
Outwardly showing contempt and hatred for people – even for children – for their religion, their skin color, their sexual preferences and gender identities, or their ethnic and cultural heritage needs to stop.
Hatred is learned. We all know that. What I think we all need to do is to accept the responsibility that we’re all teachers to every child on this planet. They learn by watching and listening to us adults, and they don’t miss anything.