It’s a new year to begin thinking about more ways to create peace and goodwill to all.
America is ‘The Melting Pot.” It is what made America a wonderful place to live, be equal, share new ideas, and move forward.
Today, American is often thought of as the “Stirring the Pot.” During the past several years, there has been a growth in unrest, unwarranted anger and name–calling reflecting the lack of respect for many Americans. This is not who we are.
There are good actions and reactions we can promote for tolerance and against hate. Tolerance begins with kindness. Kindness is easy. It doesn’t take as much effort as hate does. Hate replicates more stress and causes an exhausted state of mind. Is it not better we be kind to one another regardless of race or religious beliefs?
We are fortunate on Marco Island. The island is full of people who have donated and volunteered their time and love for all mankind. We are very fortunate to live amongst such extraordinary people.
For those who do not always step up to the plate when witnessing hate or unkindness, we can learn from The Southern Poverty Law Association. Here are a few easy and reasonable steps we can all do:
- Speak up when you hear slurs. Let people know that biased speech is unacceptable.
- Cross social boundaries. Seek out opportunities to interact with people who are different from you.
- Work with local police to identify bias-motivated criminal acts such as hate crimes.
- Complain to media outlets when they promote stereotypes.
- Look inside yourself for hidden biases. Take a test at www.tolerance.org/hiddenbias.
The test just might surprise you.