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Hate is a response to fear. We demonize what scares us. We shut down and shut out information when we see something or someone who triggers our fear response. It's classic survivalist fight or flight; run away and pretend the monster lives somewhere else or come out with guns blazing.

Fear feeds a belief in separation and scarity; separation from what is true, real and uniting and the scarity of resources and love.

Fear talks a language of 'them' and 'us', yours and mine. The language of fear is language of desparation.

 

Racism, and classism (and all the other -isms) are the symptoms of a disease we are all vulnerable to: fear.

There is only one antidote to fear and that is hope combined with love and unity.

Barack Obama speaks a different language than John McCain or Sarah Palin.

“There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America - there’s the United States of America.”

“In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?”

“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”   

“My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or blessed, believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success.” 

"But the anger is real; it is powerful; and to simply wish it away, to condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the races."

 

“Because nothing worthwhile in this country has ever happened unless somebody, somewhere stood up when it was hard; stood up when they were told – no you can’t, and said yes we can.”

"In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?


 

Originally posted on patty.vox.com