I’m watching news coverage this morning where there are two incidents being covered that are without question motivated by prejudice. I will never understand why hate and intolerance continue to exist today, and that there are still people who choose to react negatively -sometimes fatally -to those who are different. Whether it be skin color, nationality, gender, financial status, lifestyle choices, etc. One of my favorite courses in college was Human Geography -the study of other cultures. The teacher was amazing and really covered the material in such a way that students could embrace and appreciate cultures different from their own. If you are always spending time with those that are exactly like you, you become complacent and intolerant of those who are different. You are doing yourself a disservice. Not only are you narrowing your world and your friendships, you are narrowing your perspective.

“It’s an universal law– intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.”
― Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

“Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Collected Works