Nelson Mandela, the great leader who ended apartheid, once said: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Our task ultimately must be to transform fear, hate, and other negative emotions into trust and love. Only through trust and love can we effectively bridge the divide that is tearing our nation apart.

“If we are serious in our commitment to the fundamental principles of equality that I believe lie at the heart of the concept of human rights, today’s economic disparity can no longer be ignored.”
– Dalai Lama XIV

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