Today is the International Day for Countering Hate Speech. The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to counter hate speech which is defined as “any kind of speech or writing that attacks or discriminates against a person or a group based on religion, ethnicity, nationality, race, color, descent, gender, or any other identity factor. Speech should not be a weapon for creating more mayhem in this volatile world.”
For information on how to speak more truthfully and lovingly please refer to your faith tradition reminders. For one example you might consider the Metta (Loving-Kindness) Sutta at https://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/metta-sutta/ or the fine art rendition shown below.
“He asked me if I thought he’d make it: survive his surgery. ‘Yes, I do’, I replied clear and plain. ‘There’s still a lot for you to do.’
He said he wasn’t afraid to die and agreed that much remained undone.
He showed me his office filled with papers, talked about requests for his archives, recalled his written yet unpublished work, his thoughts for more to write. Talked about his son’s wedding to come, looked forward to a granddaughter’s visit that night, his garden needed tending, he could get back in shape easily if he could only breathe easier … it wasn’t asthma after all you see … but the need for surgery (or two).
He wasn’t afraid to die and there was still plenty to do beforehand. His life still mattered – that’s why.”
“Before we were born, before the universe even, when only love existed, events began, action was taken, love was revealed.
If dharma is truth, then dharma is love, and dharma is love in action.
There is thought, there is speech, and there is action … behavior …what we do.
I do not know another’s thought. I may or may not hear you speak, but I see your behavior, I see what you do.
Someone said, believe half of what you see and nothing of what you hear. Someone said, be careful of your thoughts because they will lead to speech and be careful of your speech for it will lead to action.
Careful, careful, careful, but, I can only believe your action.”
Lady Julian Says It’s AllLove Revealed from NATURAL BEAUTY AND OTHER POEMS, p.32