My country is in shock. Many of us even experience some of the physiological effects: dizziness, confusion, nausea. But our shock is the number of xenophobic, racist, ignorant people that have crawled out of the woodwork to support a super-narcissistic member of their own.
Mother and child in Vanuatu.
I am truly shocked at the number of this vitriolic group. Frankly, I had no idea. So where does this hatred come from?
Cuban Dance troupe.
Hatred of this type is a result of anger, which is a result of fear. OK, so where does the fear come from? I imagine it comes from a variety of sources, but is focused and controlled by rhetoric that in and of itself makes no sense. Rather it uses the emotion of fear to create hate. A classic vicious circle. And make no mistake, it is vicious.
This type of hatred of the Other uses false stereotypes; uncontested “facts,” that are in fact not true; and the use of media to repeat the hate message and with redundancy make it “real. It provides a “community” of like-minded people, which helps reinforce one’s sense of belonging and self-worth. There are many other tools, I am sure.
Yemen street scene.
Here’s a link to a website that describes the stages of hate group development. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/let-their-words-do-the-talking/201103/the-seven-stage-hate-model-the-psychopathology-hate
Cook Island students.
Here is a link to a website that has an action plan for stopping prejudice and its corollary, hate. http://archive.adl.org/prejudice/print.html
Me with two young women weavers in Turkey.
Only with knowledge and analytical understanding can such detrimental forces be addressed. Although I am not sure I will ever understand the extent of hatred of the Other that exists, not only here, but around the world. To me it is illogical, counter-productive, and unhealthy for both the individual and the society.
We’re all sailors from various countries having a get-together in Australia.
I am grateful for all the people in these few photos who represent some of the diversity of this world.
The raison d’être of my book, Voice of a Voyage, is to take you, the reader, on a journey that inspires you to be open to the larger world, fosters a sense of stewardship for both this earth, our shared home, and the diversity of cultures that so enrich the human aspects of life.
It is the antithesis of hate.