Today’s Three Action Thursday has a theme: it is one of unity and hope. I am excited to share it with you, and I hope you take the 3-5 minutes needed to absorb the content.
A Video I Watched
Neal Foard is the Chief Marketing Officer for Within Inc. Earlier this week I watched a video he made providing perspective on the current state of the world and the United States. He shares his thoughts by relating a personal story about him and his father. This is well worth the 2-minute watch.
A Story/Anecdote I Enjoyed Reading
In a high school class recently, students were learning about the Salem Witch Trials, and their teacher told them they were going to play a game.
“I’m going to come around and whisper to each of you whether you’re a witch or a regular person. Your goal is to build the largest group possible that does NOT have a witch in it. At the end, any group found to include a witch gets a failing grade.”
The teens dove into grilling each other. One fairly large group formed, but most of the students broke into small, exclusive groups, turning away anyone they thought gave off even a hint of guilt.
“Okay,” the teacher said. “You’ve got your groups. Time to find out which ones fail. All witches, please raise your hands.”
No one raised a hand.
The kids were confused and told the teacher he’d messed up the game. “Did I? Was anyone in Salem an actual witch? Or did everyone just believe what they’d been told?”
And that is how you teach kids how easy it is to divide a community.
Now insert the following words in place of “witch” in the story above: Republican/Democrat, fascist, racist, BLM supporter, alt-right, far left, unvaccinated/vaccinated, etc.
Keep being welcoming, beautiful people.
Shunning, shaming, name calling, scapegoating destroys far more than it protects.
Quotes I am Pondering
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
~ Albert Einstein, German theoretical physicist
You don’t have to blow out the other person’s light to let your own shine.
~ Bernard B. Baruch, American financier, philanthropist, statesman
Do something every week that makes your community a better place.