I know I've said this more than once, but I'll say it again and again: hatred is poison.
I am, of course, making reference to the latest terror attacks in New York.
I know, I know, so much sh** is happening in the world right now. And people are scared. And they want someone to blame.
But scapegoating people who are different from yourself is of no benefit to anyone. It just leads to more and more innocent people getting hurt.
So let's lay down some ground rules, I think if we all follow them we may actually get somewhere:
- EVERYONE is worthy of equal rights - regardless of race, religion, sexuality, gender, nationality, or anything else. We are all born with the same capacity to love.*
- Do the least harm that you can.
- Do the most good that you can.
- Don't be a jerk. Just ask yourself: would a jerk act like this? If the answer's yes, maybe don't.
- Try not to lash out when you're hurting.
- Apologise if you do.
- Realise that to protect innocent people, sometimes you have to protect not-innocent people.
- Don't ignore those in need.
- Don't take on the world's woes by yourself.
- Love* with your whole heart.
- Remember that people can change for the better.
*I don't mean love purely in the romantic sense - I mean love in the 'love the world, family, friends, life, etc.' kind of way.
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