I was told this morning that bad news sells, and that’s why you hear so much about it. Maybe so. But right here in the middle of Texas, where I live, the weekend was filled with people randomly pointing guns at folks they didn’t know or folks who happen to associate with the wrong person (the one in Austin didn’t make national news, because, thankfully, the jerk only injured people). And yes, this stuff does make me sad, and I don’t think not listening to the news will make anything better. People will continue to ram trucks into crowds, shoot up people worshiping in churches, temples, and mosques, hurt family members, and all of that.
What Chip Said
Anyway, I finished the book, and ended up practically talking back to it, I was agreeing so hard with Chapter 14. He kept saying things that not only do I agree with, but they are core parts of my personal philosophy. Here are the two that are dearest to me:
- There are good people of all backgrounds and nationalities. You need to meet them and talk to them to realize this, though.
- Every single person you meet has something to teach you.
YES. That’s what I say. How can I combat all the hatred, prejudice, and cruelty in the world? Not by ignoring it, but by doing MY PART to create a more peaceful world, where everyone can enjoy their rights to a job, a home, and food to eat. Helping people deal with their sad houses, however I can help, is a small but useful thing I do.
I am lucky that I spent many years studying linguistics, a field that practically forces you to meet people from around the world and learn something about their cultures, in order to figure out how different languages work. I may not be working in that field now, but the people I met, the meals I shared, the long talks about how life differs in other places shaped me into someone who doesn’t fear the “other.” I know for a fact that there are wonderful people everywhere, who just like me, love their parents and children, and just want to live a peaceful, productive life.
What about you? Is there something you can do, no matter how small, to bring people together rather than drive them apart?