From my perspective, we need to stop stigmatizing each other, but rather begin developing methodologies to root out hatred the same way researchers are striving to develop vaccines against AIDS. How easy is it to become polarized during these kinds of conflicts. We see horrific images on TV or respond to hateful, hurtful posts in social media. We need to build up a resistance to this negativity and re-direct it towards more constructive activities and thoughts. We should be striving to irradiate and illuminate our inner stony hearts versus irradiating each other. A generation ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dealt with overcoming similar kinds of hatred. In the fifty years since he portrayed his “Dream”, there are still all to many weed seeds of hatred infesting society. No where today is this hatred more apparent than in the Middle
East. On the Forth of July, I marched to the front gates of the White House in Washington D.C., sat down by a tree and rooted out one symbolic weed of hatred.
This is just one pack of the 60,000 that I have distributed to kids around the world. But the extraction of this one single weed at the world’s most prominent address could be the one that rocks the global groundswell. The President has the power and the clout to stage the kind of “Weed Out Hate” ceremony from his White House gardens, in which all the children of the world would be challenged to root out weeds of hatred.
Think how much hatred there exists in the world, then think of the symbolic weeds just waiting to be extracted. Now is the time for the President of the United States to step-up, find his voice, and participate in the fulfillment of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream in this symbolic manner. Just imagine the possibilities of billions of weeds of hatred being rooted out by children all over the world, and then think of the media coverage for inspiring the rest of humanity.
This kind of positive media coverage to change our hearts and minds. This is something we can all do. If you would like to help, please email President Obama at: www.whitehouse.gov/contact. For more information, please check out: www.weedouthate.org