PUT HUMANITY BACK IN HUMAN NATURE

I suppose it’s human nature to be wary of an individual who has offended, injured, disrespected, or committed a crime against us. It is natural to be reluctant to allow that person to ever get close to us again or to enjoy a position of trust.
But is it right to distrust an entire race, religion, occupational group, or political body because of the actions of a few? That kind of thinking got Japanese-Americans imprisoned during WWII. They looked like the enemy, so they were treated like the enemy and locked up—just in case.
There is a theory making the rounds these days that, since a group of terrorists using Islam as its umbrella organization is forcing a malignant version of Islam on the world, then all followers of Islam must also be bad and all Muslims should be booted out of America and no more allowed in.
There were good Germans during World War II who fought against the Nazis and supported the Jews that were so hated by Adolph Hitler and his evil band of followers. There are Muslims who resent that their religion has been hijacked by a band of thugs that believes that those who do not think as they do should be killed.
As difficult as it might be to believe, there are more good members than bad ones in our gridlocked Congress. Crooked, self-serving politicians are in the minority. The other kind are in the news, hungry for your attention and their aspirations for re-election and higher office.
There are a lot of good cops out there, working to make their cities and towns safe. It is wrong to target all police because of a few rogues.
Let’s not punish the honorable and the innocent while punishing the guilty.
Let’s not treat everyone like the worst one

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WANTED: UNIFYING CRISIS

Proof of how people pull together in a crisis happens all around us nearly every week. When a madman killed 49 people in an Orlando club, the entire community pulled together. We all remember Boston after the marathon bombing. Strangers came to the rescue of the injured. It happens in war, too. Soldiers faced daily with death rely on each other as they never had in civilian life.
Why then, can’t we find that kind of reliance on each other in everyday life?
The answer may be that we are too comfortable. Nothing in the physical sense is threatening us in an average day.
Maybe what the world needs is a great tragedy to bring us all together. Sad, isn’t it, that the only way we give of ourselves is in an emergency; one that requires us to be reliable so that we can rely on others for our own protection.
There are people out there who could benefit from what we know and what we can do that they do not have the skills, knowledge or resources to do for themselves.
I’d like to see a world-wide outreach movement; people doing good, helping others just because it’s the right thing to do, not just for self-preservation.
And let’s do it before the pandemic, the terrorist attack, the famine, the economic collapse. If you understand that you will have to do it then, you need to understand that you have to do it now.

Steve Liddick, Author of “All That Time.”