Thursday, April 3, 2008

Erase Hate Campaign

Over the weekend, we had our annual Bear To Make a Difference Dinner and Gala.  During the event we unveiled our new campaign.  “Raise Yourself to the power of 10, ‘A Campaign to Erase Hate’.”  We are all very excited for what this may bring and do for the movement.  The campaign stresses what you can do in your everyday life to help erase and replace hate.  It can be as simple as not using the word “Hate,” or asking people not use slurs and tell hurtful jokes.  Let your voice be heard, stand up for what you believe in and vote for those people who believe that hate should have no place in today’s society.

Why has it taken so long for a campaign like this to surface?  It’s a shame that certain horrible events had to happen for this message to become heard, and it’s still not over, people are still being hurt by hate!  Why is hate so prevalent?  These people that are filled with hate take so much time to make sure people know it, how do they have time to do other things?  I have seen first hand how much effort it takes and you would think that there must be something better to do with their life than make sure other people are miserable.  Why does society allow them to put fear into other people?  Wasn’t this country founded on acceptance?  Didn’t people come here to escape religious and personal persecution?  Why, 500 years later, does it seem like it is just getting worse?  The parents of today’s generation need to teach their children to play nicely, cause no one should have to live their life in fear of being beaten or harassed on a daily basis to make someone else feel better about themselves. 

More people need to express the importance of diversity and the freedom to live their life, while following the American Dream and their Pursuit of Happiness.  Is it so hard to treat people how you would like to be treated?  Is it so hard to open a door for someone who has their hands full, is it so hard to smile and wave at your neighbors.  Doesn’t it make you feel good to do something nice for a stranger without being asked or expecting something in return? 

I’m a big believer in Karma, and I try to do something nice for people on a daily basis.  It doesn’t have to be an extravagant gesture, just something to make another person happy, thankful and leaves him or her, wanting to help someone else the way you helped out.  So as a society let’s not “try,” let’s “Do,” Erase Hate together.  Do something nice for another person without being asked or told and without expecting a reward for your effort.  Do it for your own personal Karma bank, and eventually something spectacular will happen to you.  You never know when a family member or someone close to you will be affected by Hate, so let’s Erase it for good!

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