Wednesday, 20 January 2016
The biggest problem in our modern world is dehumanization.
Too many people are not seen as being human beings in the way that we view ourselves.
Employees are seen as work units.
The poor and those on welfare are seen as self-destructive or criminal - drug addicts or dole-cheats.
Sex workers are not people but objects.
Gays and lesbians are evil sinners or sex maniacs.
People with mental illness are less than human.
Refugees are inhuman terrorists or dangerous fanatics.
In short anyone whom we suspect might make demands on us is dehumanized and blamed. Some are even scapegoated.
The media feeds us these images and we comply without thinking.
But the truth is that each of these people is a human being just like us.
And the essence of spirituality is to see the other as an equal human being.
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