John Cale sang that fear is a mans best friend and it seems to me that by labelling followers of a faith as evil, to be hated and to blame them for the atrocities committed by a minority of delusional, misguided extremists who claim to be of that faith, is dangerous and perhaps the one thing that will destroy our supposedly civilised society.
Propaganda and fear- mongering have been used as tools to manipulate minds and the culture of fear, the serial wars on “terror” divide our world and delay mankind’s progress towards a harmonious existence where our differences are celebrated and our similarities are acknowledged.
Shouldn’t we forget our hunger for conflict and refrain from feeding on fear and instead embrace our fellow man with empathy and compassion?
Let’s not be manipulated by the media and by political leaders who have an agenda that deliberately removes our humanity.
JOHN CALE: http://youtu.be/e9TXH_zR7C8
Face it, explore it and respond to it with compassion.
David E Watters
National Diversity Award Winner, David E. Watters, is a teacher, motivational speaker and writer; a passionate equality advocate, committed to enhancing the lives of young people and adults who may feel marginalised or limited by labels.
As a teacher, he is committed to developing the whole person through creatively challenging students to embrace their unique value, and that of others, to encourage them to fulfill their full potential. He is nominated for an Excellence in Diversity Award 2015, for his contribution to enhancing the diversity agenda within education.
Since graduating from The Institute of Education, University of London, David has gone on to train as a mediator, and is a qualified facilitator for The Pacific Institute.
As Director of NBI Associates, David devises and delivers engaging, enjoyable and interactive Diversity and Cultural Enhancement workshops utilizing Cognitive Behavioural and Performing Arts strategies for individual, corporate and academic clients.
Watters is also the founder and coordinator of the inclusive, inspirational and international Give ‘em Hope Campaign; an online initiative which utilises all available social networks to encourage and uplift those who doubt their validity, feel isolated or limited by labels, through the sharing of written and video testimonies. The campaign was honoured at the National Diversity Awards 2014 when it won the Community Organisation Award (Multi-Strand).
Watters was a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK; taking the British Government to the European Court of Human Rights in 2010 and successfully achieving Marriage Equality for same-sex couples in the United Kingdom.
His passion and expertise has brought many opportunities to write and speak on social change and his book, NEVER BLEND IN, brings together this wealth of experience and the voices of those whom he has met along the way.
BOOK WEBPAGE: http://www.nbiassociates.co.uk/Never-Blend-In.html
GIVE ‘EM HOPE CAMPAIGN: http://www.nbiassociates.co.uk/Give–em-Hope-Campaign.html