I just saw this graphic again in my Google + stream and I’m happy to see it circulating. Fear is the primary issue underlying all of humanity’s troubles. Hatred is the result and expression of that fear. I learned this from MK Gandhi, a man who had mastered fear and discovered its place as the root of human suffering. Gandhi gave the world a pointer to the source and an idea of the potential solution to mankind’s problems with these two quotes:
The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.
Fear is not a disease of the body; fear kills the soul.
Gandhi’s life was a lesson in learning to know yourself, to conquer your desires, and to use your power to help others in the greatest way possible. George Takei has become a modern symbol of facing hatred with love and humor. He has lived through difficult times, going back to his childhood internment during World War II and continuing with the widespread hatred of his sexuality that is only now beginning to wane, as reasonable people see that behind that wall of fear is only another form of love, equally beautiful and as fulfilling and beneficial to the world as their own. Somewhere along the way, Takei learned the nature of hatred and decided to respond with a gift. His lessons in tolerance and humor, while also reminding us to reject hatred, make for a life well lived.