We are all dog tired of it; disasters like Erma. But one thing disasters bring out…people for the good of each other.

IMG_1969“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
––Nelson Mandela

Turn on just about any news station, regardless of its political stance and you’ll hear reporting on the latest act of terrorism, hatred or bigotry. Our nation is fraught with prejudice and ideological division. We’ve become suspicious of those who look, sound or believe differently from what our own frames of reference have conditioned us to accept as “fact.”

We often judge people on their socioeconomic status, religious dogma, political view, and cultural or ethnic background. We stick labels on each other which are based on external appearance––not internal character. Our skin color has become the factor that separates us from other people, the variable that can undermine communities, segregate entire nations, and thrust our world into conflict and disorder. It’s tragic, but it’s turning into the climate of our country.

So how can we fight against this current of fear, mistrust, prejudice and intolerance? How can we subvert the status quo and create an environment where ALL people are embraced and accepted for who they are––not what society has branded them as? First, we need to remember our origins. We are human beings, children of Mother Earth, programmed to love and be loved. When we return to our most base-level instincts, our differences can no longer keep us apart. We see this when we have a natural disaster like the hurricane we just had an Texas and the one in Florida and just now the earthquake in Mexico.
We’re all ONE in spirit, and we find connection in our shared humanity. So lets keep at it…lets be our best self and love everyone.

Each person’s life experiences are unique to them, but we all co-exist on the same planet, so we can either live in harmony or succumb to chaos. The choice is ours. But just consider for a moment how this country––and the world––might transform if we chose peace and unity instead of giving hatred the final word. Even if you think it sounds cliché, don’t disregard the power of kindness, compassion and open-mindedness in a culture desperately needing these traits. Remember: we’re here to love. It’s really that simple.

Let there Be Peace On Earth––And Let It Begin with US.

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