To The Sun:

My wife once said to me, “It is much easier for me to listen to you talking about my faults if you begin by confessing your own.”

Something as simplistic as the Golden Rule, you might think, would be popular with all human beings, says Dr. Jeffery Myers of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. On the other hand, you would not do to others what is hateful to you. You don’t want to be treated in a certain way, so don’t do that to someone else. Move on. That’s it. But that is not, for many of us, it.

America has been referred to as a great melting pot. But so often we interpose a veil between us and other people. We wall ourselves off. There is no means of connecting with others because some wall owners do not wish it to be so. With no connection to our neighbors, we know nothing about them. Would it astound you that they want the same things you do: food, a roof over their heads, clothing, health, good employment opportunities, a safe place to observe their faith? When we look closer, we are far more alike than different. Yet “different” is what some of us focus on and then forget about the “alike.” By failing to get to know our neighbors, we often misunderstand and mistrust them. This can lead to fear and loathing, which is a small step toward using the “H” word and “H” speech and will careen out of control toward violence.

We must remain alert to the danger and make “H” unwelcome in our schools, in our homes and in our churches. It is a sign of failure, not of success.

People who are “good” are the ones who should be featured most often in the media, lessening the airtime acts of “H” receive. Doing so is relegating evil to the place where it belongs — out of sight and existence. Goodness needs to be the norm. That is how this surviving victim, Rabbi Myers, sees it.

The battle between the forces of good and evil has already been fought and won. I want to be on the winning side and would love for you to join me. — DON FOSTER, Cherryvale

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