"We have arrived at the age of instant worldwide communication only to perpetuate our prejudices, suspicions, and hatreds?" - David Bridge, former Associate Editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine.
Insanity is described as trying the same thing over and over, getting the same results, but expecting something different. It seems as humans we are prone to prejudice, suspicions, and hatreds. But these continually leave us with the same results. A LOSS for everyone.
Let me illustrate with a story about poet Langston Hughes...
While studying at Columbia University in the 1920s, Langston Hughes applied for a staff position with the Spectator newspaper. "I was the only Negro in the group," he recalled. "I cannot help but think that it was due to prejudice. There were various assignments: sports, theater, classroom activities, debating. And of all the various assignments, they assigned me to cover society news. They very well knew that I could not go to dances and parties, being colored, and therefore I could bring no news, and after a short period, I was counted out of the Spectator group."
Langston Hughes went on to become an influential American poet, novelist, & columnist who played a central role in the Harlem Renaissance.
Prejudice is foolishness... a loss for everyone. In this case, for Langston and the Spectator.
Because instant worldwide communication is increasing prejudices globally, let's continue to ask the following question and believe that together, over time, we will make a difference!
What if humans were consistently exposed to other cultures through media themed on our shared humanity instead of conflicts & hatred? Could more balanced perspectives make the world a better place? I believe it. And I know many of you reading this do too. Now, go make art that matters! You can do it! You are doing it...