As a child in the schoolyard, I remember that one of the worst things one could do was to call someone “out” of one’s name; supplanting the name with a curse or an insult.
Today, as I listen to the language of opponents, virulent – not simply uncivil, but untruthful – speech fills the air. And few seem able or willing to distinguish between the actions of others and their perceptions about those actions and the people doing them.
Thus, repeatedly, we arrive afresh at an ageless, sorrowful reality: One’s belief or rather prejudice about another becomes the truth about another; giving (self-justifying) reason not to engage another.
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