This morning, I read two very different posts from a couple of my favourite blogs. One broke my heart & one filled my heart with pride.
For some time now, I have been concerned that it seems we are taking a giant step back in time. One where the colour of one’s skin or the culture they are immersed in, dictates how we treat them as a human being. Lumping people into a category, primarily out of fear & most certainly in many cases, out of ignorance.
Have we really forgotten the experiences of our past? Have we learned nothing?
I would not call myself an extensive traveller, but I have had the opportunity to visit a number of countries & learn a little about their culture. England, France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, USA, Morocco & various destinations across the beloved country I call home, Canada.
Regardless of where I travel, it has been my experience that essentially, as humans, we are all striving to achieve the same thing. A place where we can live in peace, to raise our families without fear, to provide opportunity for our children to learn & prosper.
I am not so naive to not realize that there are those out there wreaking havoc & hatred, leaving a path of destruction in their wake, but how can we stand by & allow these people to dictate how we conduct ourselves as human beings?
I chose respect & kindness over intolerance & hatred. I chose to never forgot the plight of those who came before me, who fought with their very lives to prove that first & foremost, we are all human. The colour of our skin or the culture we practice does not define who we are as a human being.
I hope that you join me.