There is no other happiness here in this world
Than to be free of the thought
That I am different from you.
What other happiness is there?
A recurring theme in the news these days is hatred. One group of people lashes out at another group because their race, religion, sexuality, or some other characteristic is "different." It seems especially ironic to me that many of the people in this country who are acting in a hateful way are calling themselves Christians. The term Christian implies that they are followers of Jesus Christ, who by all accounts was a peaceful man whose message was "Love one another as I have loved you." In other countries, it's the same -- much of the fighting is done in the name of religion. If your religious leader is preaching intolerance, don't follow blindly. Find a new leader.
Much of this hatred comes from fear. Fear keeps us from being loving, and we are afraid of what we don't know. Mark Twain said that "travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." It's true. Once we get to know people who appear different from us, we can understand them. We can see that they are actually just like us. We can love them rather than fear them. So if you find yourself afraid of a group of people, get to know them. Learn about their culture, read their literature, find out about their struggles and dreams. With the internet, this is not difficult.