Next time someone makes what you view as a mistake, do society a favour by recognising the actual intent behind their actions. Some examples:
• Mistake: branding certain groups of people as ‘evil’
Intent: to rebrand a group as ‘un-human’ because of an unwillingness to acknowledge that fellow humans can sometimes be willingly capable of making other humans suffer.
• Mistake: using the side of a van to suggest that illegal immigrants ‘go home’
Intent: to distract everybody from the mess you are creating by fabricating a large body of non-individuals with no unique circumstances which can serve as a decoy.
• Mistake: labelling the beliefs of all people who are religious (eg. Muslims) as a catalyst for terrorism.
Intent: to use people who are religious as a convenient vehicle for attack and blame rather than examining how individual humans can sometimes be willingly capable of making other humans suffer.
• Mistake: racism / bigotry (eg. the illegalisation of homosexuality)
Intent: To externalise a fear of the unknown and the unfamiliar
• Mistake: using a young girl’s sexual activity to suggest that she is to blame for her own sexual abuse
Intent: to avoid thinking about the uncomfortable fact that young humans have sexual urges and that adult humans can sometimes be willingly capable of making other humans suffer.
• Mistake: the creation of a ‘them vs us’ mentality
Intent: to escape from the fact that all actions and beliefs serve a social function (be it for good or ill) and to find any way possible to avoid acknowledging the fact that (whether or not it is excusable) humans can sometimes be willingly capable of making other humans suffer.
If we strive to understand the nature of humanity, its good and bad bits, we can work together towards positive change.