The words by Richard Rogers in South Pacific

You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear
You’ve got to be taught from year to year
It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught.
You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
of people whose eyes are oddly made
and people whose skin is a different shade
You’ve got to be carefully taught.
You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late
before you are 6 or 7 or 8
to hate all the people your relatives hate.
You’ve got to be carefully taught.

and Nelson Mandela’s words
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of their skin or background or religion.
 People learn to hate and if they can learn to hate, they can learn to love
 for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

are a reminder that it only takes a spark
… a spark of compassion
… a spark of kindness
… a spark of understanding
… a spark of patience
… a spark of justice
… a spark of goodness
… a spark of thoughtfulness
… a spark of active listening
… a spark of standing-with
… a spark of speaking-out
… a spark of being present to another
to begin to exchange love for hatred.

 

May a spark of love be lit
by each of us
every day
in some way.

watermarked-aspark-2Photo and Text © june maffin
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<Photo taken at Lake Cowichan, B.C.>

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