Have you ever heard of the Golden Rule? It is to “treat others as we would want others to treat us.” Mutual dignity is a crucial factor in avoiding disagreement and conflict. How can we learn to trust each other if we prejudge each other? How can we live in peace and harmony if we don't trust or are open to liking groups of people that seem different superficially? Our world is made up of individuals, there is good and bad in every group. Tolerance and acceptance should be applied to everyone regardless of skin colour, gender identity, nationality or sexual orientation.
Throughout history, groups of people have been targeted because they are different. The world is progressing as a whole but it is all too easy for individuals who may group together to insight hatred of a group. We want to live in a world where; racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism, ageism and nationalist prejudice are attitudes that we read about in history, questioning how the world was ever that barbaric.
Where is the love? So many of the great people in history have come from minorities and experienced discrimination. Extreme examples, are easy to see. Hitler discriminated and killed millions of women and children in the process. He wasn't alone! Many heard his words and followed his lead. On the other hand, Martin Luther King Jr, Ghandi and Nelson Mandela, sought to end oppression and it is impossible to argue they were wrong.
Who do we all seek to be like? Are we looking for a world where we live in peace and harmony, which means we have to learn to be tolerant and accept each other superficially? Or are we afraid of each other and seek to live in a world of oppression and division, which often comes from pre-judgement?
HOPE is developing teaching programs for children to teach tolerance and acceptance in every form possible. Many of the programs are targeted at children and the way HOPE works, encouraging diversity and understanding could be an example for adults to follow. The proceeds from sales of La Fleche products help fund the HOPE campaign of acceptance. Thank you for being part of the global community of humanity.