THE ROOT OF HATE AND CONFLICT

By Mik Glasser

As children most of us were told “Don’t Discuss Politics or Religion” The spin put on that phrase is that we should not engage others who do not have the same belief and values systems as we were taught by our family and our immediate peer group circle.  I can see where that advice can help to avoid conflict but it also leaves the majority of the populous with a single vision of the world and the universe.

Just as a horse is fitted with blinders to make it travel in the direct line of its present vision too many people are wearing virtual blinders that lead them to travel the wonders of life in a single-minded vision of the world around them.

Single mindedness is like a disease that is the root of so much hate and conflict. The very act of one opening their mind to many opposing and similar ideas on life, politics, religion, and science can make each person’s world a wider, wiser, smarter, and most of all peaceful with understanding.

Parents, clergy, educators, and politicians, who want to have a single-minded world are not always evil or power-driven but live in fear that those close to them might find a different way of life that suites them and thus not be living the vision that those parents, clergy, educators, and politicians want to live in as they go through life with their own set of blinders.

The way to peace and understanding is to open up your mind, discuss anything and everything with everyone, and do it with respect and vision. None of us are right all the time and every opinion has a lesson which you can filter and use to enrich your life which in turn will make you a resource of ideas for others.

Peace can only be achieved by listening to your heart and opening your heart and mind to the dreams and concepts of others.

So please, parents, clergy, educators, politicians and the media stop quoting that destructive phrase “Don’t Discuss Politics or Religion”.  You all discuss both these subjects with your family, friends, and broadcast your single-minded messages to the world in the media creating division, fear, and hatred.

START SHARING IDEAS IN A CIVIL INTELLIGENT MANNER

IF WE ARE EVER TO HAVE WORLD PEACE

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