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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Not Black and White World: The Five Minute Response

We try to keep things simple. We try for a black and white, yes or no, us vs. them world to keep the complications down. It leads unfortunately to horrid gross generalizations, stereotyping, and anger. It is the wrong approach.

Our world is complicated. Life is painted in shades of gray and built on complex cultural norms and very complex personal backstories. I watched a police chief in a major city both enraged and near tears when asked if his officers out on a crime scene, the murder of a young child, had been responsible for the killing. I watched a friend share a story of rape, white on black, who made the appalling gross generalization afterwards in anger that all white men (apparently me included) have always gone international traveling for the soul purpose of raping exotic women. SIGH!

We could go on and on. There are all sorts of focused, tailored news agencies that will stoke the fury of liberals and conservatives with equal glee, providing black and white lies in a technicolor reality. We have to be better than this. Yes, there are fanatics in every group on the face of the earth. That doesn't mean the entire population they come from are fanatics.

In a recent article, one great truth came forward. How you feel about others, whether or not you believe they will succeed, will directly correspond with how you treat them. If you think they have a chance, you will try to help. If you don't, you'll work hard to make your belief in their failure into their reality. How horrid. Let's force ourselves to believe most of humanity is upright, virtuous, and wishes others well, and treat others that way. If we don't, if we continue this black and white, yes or no, us vs them mentality, we will create that bleak world. Then we all DO fail.

And that's the five minute response.

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