We MUST Learn to Separate the Person FROM the Action…

Too often, for better and worse, we label people. Myself included. We say this person is good and honest. Or we say this person is bad and stupid. We must stop doing this and instead separate the person from the action. And yes, someone can have done more bad things than good things but that doesn’t mean they are ultimately evil. In order to heal society we must learn this distinction. This is what I talk about in this episode. An example I bring up is a film called White Right which is a 2017 documentary film by two-time Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning director Deeyah Khan. Deeyah travels to the United States to meet with some of the country’s most prominent neo-Nazis and white supremacist leaders to seek to understand the personal and political reasons behind the apparent resurgence of far-right extremism in America. She made the film after being interviewed on TV about multiculturalism for which she received many threats and hate speech on social media. The fascinating part about this to me is this documentary serves as a template to heal our nation because one of the leaders she got to know closely actually changed his mind and is no longer a white supremacist. For more on this, check out Deeyah’s interview with Simon Sinek: https://simonsinek.com/discover/episode-11-extreme-listening-with-deeyah-khan/. BUT, this notion also benefits us on a day to day level, which I also go over. So listen and afterwards, please feel free to ask questions or offer opinions of your own, whether down in the comment section or by hitting me up on social media @PhilSvitek.

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