Friday, August 1, 2014

Following Their Example


You look at these two little boys, one Palestinian, one Jewish, and you wonder why we can't follow their example. Children are not born to hate. They are socialized to hate. They are born peaceful and loving. As adults, we expect children to learn from us. But in reality, it is us who can learn from them.

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  1. we are not born to hate, that is for sure...we must become like children again...in faith...and in love.

    have a good weekend sir

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  2. We see hatred all the time. It is hard to understand why people hate.

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  3. We not only could learn from them - we SHOULD learn from them.

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  4. Thanks for this. Very inspiring! Spread love.

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  5. strong words..I so wish that the world was not so divided by unseen barriers of the mind.

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  6. One thing to learn from children, don't take religion that seriously

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  7. What comes to my heart immediately is: Thank YOU for not demonizing Israel in all this. <3


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^= . <3 . >< } } (°>

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  8. So very true. Wish I had a magic wand that would fix these problems...

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  9. You are absolutely right about this, Keith. Children don't inherently know how to hate. Hate is instilled in them by the prejudiced evilness of adults.

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  10. Hatred is indeed wicked. It's promulgation has always indicated a departure from reason and fairness.

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  11. I think its going to take many people willing to break the cycle of hate and start teaching their kids to love everyone; I'm just not sure we have that many people willing to do so.

    betty

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  12. Hate is a socially conditioned malady because we have learned how to fear and subvert everything that goes against our beliefs. It has become too difficult to make room for tolerance in our minds because our ego's are so bloody inflated. And most often, the worst of the lot rise up in power and call the shots. *sigh*

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  13. Have a wonderful weekend, Keith.

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  14. Spot-on spot-on, my Unapologetic Dreamer!

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  15. Yes indeed!
    hatred and the desire for revenge has taken over. how and when will it end I wonder

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  16. Hi Keith!:) It's true that children are not devided by hatred and distrust, we were all once innocent of these feelings, and we need to be reborn. What a wonderful world it would be if we could all revert to loving others, without feeling hatred, born out of prejudice and intolerance. I 'm still hopeful for future generations to change their mindset, not in mine sadly.
    Have a great weekend.

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  17. Good morning Keith,
    The picture says it all. It's not enough for some people to live their own life in hate, they have to instill that same hatred in their children as well, and so the never stopping merry-go-round continues to turn. As long as some see pictures like this, and understand it's message, I suppose their is always hope, however small.

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  18. What we gain as knowledge is to embrace everyone, but what we do is clash with ego! Great thought Keith

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  19. Very true indeed, but adults think they know it all, most of the issue right there

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  20. hate is a huge culprit as is ego

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  21. Great thought, Keith! Our children have so very much to teach us.

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  22. Beautiful picture. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Nice picture and great thoughts, Optimistic. :)

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  24. Great words of wisdom from Keith.

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  25. How true. Hatred is learned from adults.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  26. So true, and such a timely reminder. The sad thing is that I think there probably are a lot of adults in that region who don't hate either, but they are not the ones with the power.

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  27. hatred in the name of 'faith' is so difficult to understand.

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  28. I love this pic Keith!
    This war in Gaza make me feel sick!
    All days I see kids and babies with injuries war!
    Why? I dont understan any war!

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  29. Children have all the love in the world in their heart, if left alone, with no litany of prejudices they will bring our world to peace...May God Bless Them! May many more be born

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  30. Hate, greed, jealousy...ugly words you find at the root of all wars. Too bad we have to grow up eh?

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  31. Big stuff to ponder here today brought by the young people.

    BTW, I dedicated something to you on the Thursday post. Hope you like it!

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  32. Hate is learned. Through that innocence, kids see only other kids.

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  33. Until the Jews are completely gone they won't be happy. When the Jews are gone they will come for the next group. And then the next. Yes we could learn from the children. They are taught to hate. It has been happening since the beginning of time.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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    1. Any group that takes away a person's home will always be attacked. What a silly comment.

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  34. It's just so sad that children are brought up in a world with so much hate. We should learn from those two boys.

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  35. Children look for what they can do together and hate is an unknown variable. Nicely Keith!

    Hank

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  36. I agree. It's a vicious cycle that we need to break.

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  37. I watched a film last night and there were previews. The one preview was on Mandela where you heard his words about love and that we have that as an inherent quality. No child is born to hate but is taught...exactly what Mandela said in this preview and now I find it here. How true that hatred is taught and that religion is used to fuel the hate when it should be the opposite. This tells me how much man still needs to evolve. I watched Philomena last night which has nothing to do with what is going on in the world (The Holy Land..how ironic) but when this lady could have easily hated the nuns and what was done to her she still had faith, love and forgiveness. This should be a universal thought and action. It is easy to think this but very very difficult to act on this

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  38. Seems like I'm the only who doesn't quite agree. Children have to learn to love and get along with people too. Have you every watched a group of 2 year olds play.
    I think kids are taught both, love and hate.

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  39. Yes, so very true. Children do not see color or religion. Nor, I think, do they see 'rich' or 'poor.' Children are accepting. I think of my grandkids. If a person can play, they are okay. No other questions asked!

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  40. Yeah, people really need to get their sh** together. I don't understand all the hate in this world.

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  41. If only the world could get along like those two in the picture. Great reminder, sir!

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  42. This war is so saddening, there may never be peace here.

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  43. I agree there is a lot we can learn from children - they are blind to our differences.

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  44. 'Out of the mouths of babes ....'

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  45. Preaching to the choir here. Totally agree with you Keith. The young are pure of heart but sadly it doesn't take too long for them to also adopt hate from their elders.

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  46. What a beautiful picture. Yes, we can learn a lot from our children. The world would be a much better place without racism.

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  47. I absolutely agree with you.

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  48. SO SO SO true... WHY is there so much hatred in the world ---not just in Israel and Palestine but EVERYWHERE.. It is worse now than I can remember it , although we have always seen so much fighting and wars in the Middle East. Very Very SAD.....

    It's like people won't just agree to disagree now (or try to compromise) especially-even in our country. I've never seen our country in such a mess... We are just divided in half --and nobody will compromise... We desperately need some good leadership... Scary and SAD.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  49. Keith you are so right.. we as adults can learn so much from children. We all need to learn to love a little more and be respectful of each others choices...

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  50. You are absolutely right! Children are taught to hate. They are born innocent, and prepared to love. I love that photo! No need for words; it speaks volumes.

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  51. You said it perfectly and simply! True words! We can all stop acting like we know it all and follow the example of those 2 children.

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  52. I hate to say it, but one of the reason people don't follow this example, is that (in the end) they are taught not to be the adults around them. I'm not convinced that pour children's world is in good hands.

    On a different note - the puffin is not really that closely related to the penguin, they just look the same.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  53. No one is born hating anyone or anything, we are taught hate from the people around us and that's sad.

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  54. So, so true, Keith.
    These two children should be the leaders of our World...

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  55. Beautiful post. This is so true. If only everyone were able to realize this.

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  56. We MUST learn . . .
    Love Friendship Kindness and free, easy, peaceful.

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  57. Excellent post . . .
    Happy I am following YOU . . .

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  58. Nothing and no one will ever be able to sort out the Middle East. It would take a miracle . . . . .

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  59. I'm preparing a blog post about Maria Montessori's life and educational philosophy and this is what she said. That kids teach adults.
    Good post, Keith.

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  60. Absolutely. One of my best friends in high school was an Arab, and we used to talk about why everyone else couldn't get along.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2014/08/weekend-writing-warriors-83.html

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  61. I see that here in America all the time. Children playing together without a thought of race or background. Adults have the responsibility for making sure children keep that innocence.

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  62. It would be good if those two little boys grew up unaffected by the conflict. One can only hope

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  63. I keep hoping that the next generation of Israelis and Palestinians will leave their learned hatred behind. I don't know how many generations it will take...but I still hope.

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  65. MY FAVORITE POST OF YOURS SO FAR, KIETH. :~)

    ~Sheri

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  66. Ooops, typed your name wrong, sorry.

    ~me

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  67. Ah, Keith, this whole situation breaks my heart. It seems crazy that we can have "cease fires" for a few hours and then resume the fighting. Why can't we just STOP? I know the situations are complex, but if only we'd remember what we're born knowing (I believe): that we're all connected.

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  68. My parents taught tolerance and sensitivity and that all people are created equal. Trying to do the same with C.

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  69. A short and simple post and so true. Amen and amen!

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  70. That photo is beautiful and I am in complete agreement with your sentiments .

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  71. The photo says it all Keith. Friends and I quite recently, had a conversation along the same lines.

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  72. So beautiful. Children are so pure and innocent. If they are allowed to be....xo Karen

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  73. I, so, agree ... Keith ..... world can learn a lot from such innocent souls ...

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  74. What a wonderful, stunning world we share with so many other wonderful, stunning souls:)

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  75. Great photo! And I don't know how we're supposed to broker a peace between people who have been fighting for millennia.

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  76. Yes, through the eyes of a child we can see much truth.

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  77. This is true. We aren't born hating others, we are taught to. I love this picture. So fitting.

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  78. And that can (and should) be said for any two races, cultures, religions, or even people that dislike each other.

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  79. That picture kinda breaks my heart. I so wish we could let each other be and go on with our lives.

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  80. This picture is the dream humanity needs to make reality. In countless cases, Israelis and Palestinians have come out in support of each other-- but the culture of hatred has proved too strong.

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  81. FYI Keith just wanted to let you know that i've deleted my blog as well as all the copies on Google, they reallly p"d me off enough...in a few days I will have anew blog that \i pay for it's cheap for now, but I still wanted a blog because you all mean so much to me anyhoo as soon as I know it I will you and all my friends and let you where you can find me...I don't remember the place but the name will be Lorraine Photos :)

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  82. children really are examples for everyone.. peace & love.

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  83. I completely concur.
    We teach our children hate.
    All behaviors are learned behaviors, which means... in theory, they can be unlearned... Not so easy though.
    Have a great week!
    Tammy

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  84. No we are not born to hate, however, the first person that does us wrong as a child (takes our cookie, steals our toy) we will shove to floor or be shoved. Some of it stems (in my opinion) from the fight or flight thing. There will never be world peace. Too harsh? War and conflict makes me sad , but conflict is here to stay.

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  85. It's such a shame that children are taught social prejudices. Life would be so much better if we all could just get along and not learn about hate.

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  86. Absolutely, Keith. It doesn't get more beautiful than this message. And what a perfect picture to bring this emotion across. I hope you are wonderful! I always enjoy your posts!!!

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  87. Well said my blogger friend. Well said. Just like cats and chickens, huh?

    Cindy Bee

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  88. Well, conflict may be here to stay as one commenter notes, but I remain hopeful that we will someday figure out peaceful solutions to those conflicts. The "Charter for Compassion" site had a video of Palestinian and Israeli youth making music together. Posts such as yours give us a place to start. I refuse to give up hope!

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  89. Great post, Keith! I totally agree! One day these children may be the rulers of their countries.. Enjoy your week!

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  90. hatred is passed down from generation to generation...hopefully these young ones will not pick it up.

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  91. Love this post - so very true. - Tasha xxx

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  92. We have to learn from children...

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  93. So true. My son Mica is really good friends with a few boys that are Muslim and from Africa. They are so nice, and helpful! I have no problems with them being friends.

    The only challenge is that they love to do things as a whole family unit. That sounds odd that that would bother me. It doesn't. It's just that we have to reserve a whole weekend day to spend with them when we do things. They had us over for a meal, invited their cousin's to join, and it was a whole day celebration. When I said it was time to go, they looked sad. We were there from 11 to 4:30. We had them over, and they were at our house all day. There's more good than bad though. Their family is so nice. I'd rather have the parents in a kid's life than not at all.

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  94. I often look at my daughter and think the same thing. Ever since she has started school, she has befriended a special needs kid each year (different kids each year). I don't think she does it because of their disability, but I think she recognizes that they don't have as many friends as she does and wants to be a friend to them. She doesn't do it for the attention or for us to praise her for her good choice. She just genuinely wants to be good to others.

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  95. so absolutely 100% true. i am sure i have learned so much more from my children than they have learned from me.

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  96. Beautiful post! Can we please spread this post all over the world!? :) If it would just open the eyes of a few of them....

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  97. How wonderful it would be if our world could be that way...that the people could walk in harmony with their arms around each other...caring.

    And then we see the picture of a seven year old child...and Australian child taken by his father to Syria to be part of the atrocities going on over there...holding up a severed head.

    One loses hope daily.

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  98. When my son was in elementary and middle school, he had a group of friends that he hung out with. It was the greatest thing! There was an Irish American, himself (Japanese American), Venezuelan American, Palestinian American, 2 Jewish Americans, African American, and an English American. They were a happy, wonderful group of boys who loved each other's company. Then the Palestinian and Jewish American boys went to their parents' home countries to learn their history. When they returned, there were arguments and it tore the group apart. I think of that time and how sad it was. I wish they could have all remained innocent. I wish...

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