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What has happened to human decency?  To realizing that we are all people created equal, that we are stewards and caretakers for the planet and each other?  That hate is taught and can be overcome?  That love is far more powerful?  That we are here for a short time, and to not only make the most of it, but to realize we are wasting so much energy allowing our hearts to be dark?  That by allowing this hate to fester, we are missing out on what life is all about?  That beauty comes in all colors, shapes, and sizes?  That it is possible to have a differing opinion, but still be civil and even friends?  That there is more than one way to live, love, pray, speak, and view the world?  And that just because someone doesn’t do these things just like you doesn’t mean they are wrong or any less of a person?

Instead of looking for fault, let’s focus on the positive.  Let’s hold the door for someone, no one is in such a hurry that they can’t do this simple task.  Let’s smile and greet the person walking past us.  Let’s refrain from posting inflammatory remarks to and about other people.  Rather than hating or disliking people who are different from us, let’s celebrate diversity – we all bring something wonderful to the table that enriches the lives of others.  Let’s all stand together against hate, intolerance, and ignorance; let’s take the high road and lead by example.  Maybe, just maybe, if we all try harder and work together, we can slowly change the world for the better.

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