Make a habit of shutting down conversations that involve hating on other people.

Make a habit of shutting down conversations that involve hating on other people.

When was the last time that you listened in on or participated in a conversation that involved defamatory discussions about other cultures or other individuals specifically?

Did you laugh and join in, keep silent or vocally express your disapproval of those kinds of conversations?

The world is spinning wildly towards a direction of less tolerance and more racial bigotry, but if enough conscious people awaken to this verbal and mental injustice and take a stand against it, there are so many better and more prosperous alternate scenarios for our lives to live within.

In this decision, we have the power to diminish part of the spread of intolerance and instead find a more enlightened pathway towards our civil engagement with others, such that everyone might be capable of living in a world that allows them to be truly whom they are desirous of being.

The world is a melting pot of cultures, races, religions, genders, beliefs, systems, and through it all, there is always the possibility that we can exist, collectively in a space of true liberty, in the sense that we may be free and capable of living the lives that we desire, while simultaneously, allowing ourselves to remain tolerant of others, who may not view the world through the same filter as we.

The continuous stream of intolerance perpetuates itself through the opportunity for individuals to be exposed to negative stigmas arising in the acceptance of hate discussions towards others, and if the individuals are impressionable, it allows those same stigmas to occupy a new place in their collective minds.

A prejudice that had no basis prior to that stigma having been distributed through hateful discussions, will take root and propagate with new individuals who are equally impressionable.

It is only through the deliberate intentions of brave individuals, who have the courage to stand up and speak out against intolerance, that we have any hope of defeating these behaviors in favor of a new society, in which we all have the possibilities to thrive deeply, and with grace.

Happy Thursday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!