My father had a lot of sayings about a lot of things. One thing he always said “Hate is like a fire with gasoline being poured on it. It spreads and destroys everything around it”. I never really understood that until now.

I work hard not to allow hate to infiltrate my life. At one point, not so long ago,I hated Muslims. I have written about that. The hate was fed by fear and a lack of education and understanding. The media was the only place I got my information on what Muslims thought and I was not smart enough to go and actually speak to Muslims. I mean, I thought I knew it all!

Well,of course, I did not. Once I started interacting with Muslims,talking with them about their beliefs, listening to them and asking questions I realized something: They did not all want me dead, quite a fair amount condemned terrorist attacks and they are human. Imagine that: Muslims are human!! Who would have thought it??

I decided then to stop hating. Stop condemning all for the actions of a few.

Even today, after more murders of Israelis, I refuse to hate. I refuse to be consumed.