America teaching its children to lie, steal — and kill
How you treat a stranger determines how you treat the ones you love.
At first you can't see the connection. After all, how many doors have you slammed in the face of some maddeningly pious Jehovah's Witness, or screamed into the phone at some gentle grandpa trying to raise money for the local fire department? Or, best example of all, how many times have you cussed out a homeless panhandler bugging you for spare change without contemplating the ragged family he may have squirreled away behind some nearby dumpster?
Most of us are too busy to care.
In the self-centered savvy of our synthetic 21st century American lives, we are taught not to realize that how we treat our enemies — or in our haste, those we would categorize as superfluous to our hectic agendas — has a direct and debilitating impact on those who we say are important to us. Our parochial perspectives teach others in our family how to be cruel. We are taught that some people are less deserving than others, that our way of life depends on recognizing and perpetuating these distinctions, and that's the way most of us live.
What happens when those distinctions become blurred? If we hate others on the basis of propaganda lies, how do we decide who we'll love and know the reasons are true?