“Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.”
While 65 years on this planet is not quite overripe, it is long enough to have heard and believed several racial, ethnic and political stereotypes which serve to divide us.
To all of them, I have and will continue to bid adieu, although some are very deeply entrenched in the subconscious.
They serve no useful purpose other than to predetermine the outcome you have in dealing with people different than you. Not all Jews are rich, nor are all Muslims terrorists who despise American freedoms.
Truly, we must look at all interactions as fascinating chances to understand the uniqueness we all bring to the table.
No, we are not all born linearly equal or capable of great things, but we can contribute in our unique manner and make a meaningful difference in our priceless journey through life.
The first step to happiness is to develop a willingness to tolerate the different brush strokes we chose for our canvas.