From the miscellaneous drawer - leap of faith

We humans are not well-developed. Sure we can create art, music, literature and work with our hands, but we are not much more developed than a pack of cats, dogs or wolves.
In all of us there is some playfulness, some in-fighting, some hurt feelings and fear, along with the whole spectrum of action choices existing in the world.
A few of us are adept at some one thing or may be stronger or smarter than most. Fewer still are kind or understanding.
When it comes to prejudice, there are more than one or two types of prejudice to recognize. A few believe that prejudice only applies to negative remarks and/or thoughts about blacks or Muslims or Jews.
That’s just not true. Listen to the speech or note the writings of those around you. Family, friends and strangers.
Intolerance and hatred are rampant, almost becoming a world-wide norm. The vituperation may be uncovered in many places.
Judgements are made all the time, lumping together people we don’t know, people we may have loved in a family or assessments of strangers we happen to brush against.
Often prejudice is a two-way street based on distrust and lack of familiarity.
And, though I’m not religious, sometimes you have to make the leap of faith to believe, to prove that if you make the first step toward tolerance, understanding and acceptance of differences, you can change your world.

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In the Ely Echo of July 1, 1996, twenty years ago, the headlines were:
• Local wilderness advocacy group forms; supports status quo in BWCAW
• Humid weather helps get fires under control
• St. Louis County board supports Oberstar, Grams bills; Forsman to attend DC Hearings
• Some in Ely area wilderness group support re-opening truck portages