Most people have probably seen the movie The Help, but I wonder if they felt as I did watching it. Movies like this make my heart ache. It’s the way people treat others because they are different in some way, because they think they are better then them. The little light though is that not everyone is like that. There are some who will stand up and stand by those being persecuted whether they are different or not. I never thought I lived a sheltered life. I have had friends/ worked with/ taken care of people from all walks of life, colors, classes, and so forth. I have never really seen the type of prejudices that I see in movies like this, though I know they go on in our world, even now. I think that has more to do with the way I interact and treat people, then the fact that it doesn’t exist. That one sentence sums up how we break this kind of hate with our children.
This world is full of variety where people are concerned. Differences like income, interests, color, religion, family units, illness, neighborhood you live in, schools you attend, friends you surround yourself with, so many differences. The one thing that is the same across the board is that we are all human. When it comes down to it, isn’t that the only thing that should really matter. If we were all the same, life would be very boring and lifeless. This is why it is important for us to remember that these types of things happen, even in today’s society. It’s important to know this, so we can change it with our children. Hate is learned, it is not something we are born with.
Children need to learn to appreciate the differences in others instead of shunning them. I still don’t really understand why people group others together by where they live (region/country), what color they are, what religion they are, how much money they make, to be honest there are bad and good people in every “category,” lumping all of them together just because of one aspect is just plain stupid.
Your personal prejudices influence your child’s. This is how this keeps getting passed from generation to generation. Stereotyping. Hate. Not seeing a person for who they are but what they are. I thought our generation would be better but when I look around I just see the prejudices shifted from one category to another. People wage wars, kill innocence, destroy lands, and for what? Because people are different. When does it end?
I’m not perfect, but I judge people for who they are, not what “group” they belong to. I revel in the differences in our world, instead of being afraid of them. I try to learn as much as I can about all types of religions, different countries, different cultures, because there is so much to be learned from one another. Yes, I run into bad people in all different walks of life, but I also meet a lot of good ones. These are the things I instill in my children. Embrace the differences, judge a person for who they are not what they are, and learn as much as you can.
Treat others how you wish to be treated. People say this is a corny statement but if people lived by that, most of the ugly in the world would disappear.
There will be people out there who disagree with me, and you know what, that’s fine. It’s the differences that make life interesting. Just remember it takes more time and energy to hate then to just live.