Xenophobia, literally the fear of strangers or foreigners, is alive and kicking; in fact it has recently gone viral. Thanks to the Coronavirus.
In the last few days, I have heard or read statements along the following lines in the media: “The COVID-19 epidemic is all the fault of those bat-eating communists”. “True to form, the Iranian government are lying about the number of cases to suit their own nefarious purposes”. And, “Those ghastly Italians with their slobbery kisses are superspreaders of the disease”.
There have been reports of Australian parents refusing to let Asian doctors treat their children. While the British-born Chinese comedian Ken Cheng recently observed, “Less than 0.001% of Chinese people have coronavirus, yet more than 99.999% have experienced coronaracism”.
Many spiritual leaders have pointed out that xenophobia, racism, bigotry – whatever you call them – are not really external problems; they stem from within us. Perhaps that is why the founder of Christianity, Jesus, famously declared, “In everything you do, be careful to treat others in the same way you’d want them to treat you, for that is the essence of all the teachings”. Matthew 7:12 TPT
Following his advice could change the world. But the biggest beneficiary of all will be yourself.
All the very best,
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