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Discrimination: At School, in the World, in our Heads

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Discrimination: At School, in the World, in our Heads

In honor of World Peace Day coming this month, let me begin this column with an excerpt from the UNESCO website: “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defense of peace must be constructed.”

Previous World Peace Days have brought a multitude of positive initiatives to the forefront of our attention, as organizations and groups around the world come forward to do their part. Yet they also bring news that remind us of our differences more than bring us together.

Take the news of another teen suicide, for example, caused by bullying and homophobia. How can we, as parents, as educators – as concerned citizens – help our youth meet each other through avenues other than discrimination, self-destruction and violence? What can we do in a world that rather than integrate seems to strengthen our differences? How can we heal the separation and division in society?

These playground behaviors are learned at home, be it from the family or the neighborhood: patterns of discrimination are parroted, roles are adopted that taint our experience of life.

Although we may not be aware of it, we have all adopted these roles in some areas of our lives, be it with our families, in society, at work, or even in the privacy of our own minds. Deep down, we all have inner dialogues of discrimination or criticism towards those we perceive as different.

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Isha Judd

Isha Judd is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher and author; her latest book and movie, Why Walk When You Can Fly? explain her system for self-love and the expansion of consciousness.


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8:39PM PDT on May 15, 2013

I'm sending love vibrations to the universe.

4:43AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

It's everywhere if we dare to kick it away

8:24PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012


8:35AM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

education can address the myths and fears which lead to discrimination--and why education is so often a target of those who wish to fuel such fears

5:39PM PST on Dec 4, 2011

It is about time we start to love everyone unconditionally and stop jdging.

6:04PM PST on Nov 29, 2011

Cildren learn by observing adults. We as adults have to change.

11:33PM PST on Nov 26, 2011

but diuscrimination is not just racism its children, teens, grown adult believing theyre better than their peers, their fellow workers and treating them diffrently for it. Discrimination is ignorance

11:31PM PST on Nov 26, 2011

Can you believe after all this time there is still discrimination? For example look, we have a black president, he hasnt done us wrong. Though many white men did. Why should blacks (just as an example) be considered any less important? God wanted us to be equal to call upon our brothers and sisters and care for them as we would want them to care about us.

5:25AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

great post

1:08PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

We are better off not to judge anyone as Isha always says. It is no easy to love everyone unconditionall, we always endup judging inspite of Isha tellin us repeatedly in her videos to love evryone unconditionally. When we love everyone unconditionally then we will not be looking for whom to blame. The EVERYONE should include everone including those who beleve in the things Margaret mentioned. I am convinced that unconitional love and non-judgemental attitiude will solve the problems we are facing today and more.

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