Terror has struck repeatedly over the past few years. Lives have been lost. Sadly, attacks by the few can create divisions among the many, expanding existing chasms between ‘us’ and ‘them’ and creating new ones. Hate can spread like a virus. We must work diligently against that trend.
Here are four things that individuals, places of worship, society and the press can do to minimize hatred’s influence on society.
1. Individuals: Get to Know the ‘Other’
Fear and mistrust are usually at the center of widening divides. Getting to know the ‘other’ (whoever that may be in our lives) is a fundamental bridge-building approach. The founder of the Compassionate Listening Project wisely said: