Tackling Fear: The first step in preventing hate and discrimination


In the words of the great and honorable Yoda, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” (The Phantom Menace) One thing Yoda is missing here is the cause of fear, which is often ignorance or a lack of awareness. Naturally, if we do not understand something, we have a tendency to fear it. This is an important instinct we have as animals and it is precisely what has allowed us to continue living on this earth. On the other hand, being human gives us the cognition to learn to prevent the unnecessary and destructive forms of fear – the types of fear that cause us to hate and discriminate and that end up shortening the lives of many here on this same earth.

As a facilitator for Breakview Training, I am proud to be part of an organization which provides insight and education into the more sensitive areas that can, and do, foster hate, discrimination and disrespect. And each time I train someone to see into the values and perspectives of those who seem different than them, I feel the world growing into a slightly more inclusive place for all of us. Sensitivity and diversity trainings are becoming more and more necessary in a world where abundant sources such as the media and polarized politics constantly offer us reasons to fear groups of people. Indeed, without the supplementary information we and other companies provide about what brings us together, I believe we would be figuratively torn apart at the seams as a human culture. Seams are, after all, meant to hold things together, not provide a line for severage. With Breakview, I intend to continue providing support in the areas where are our seams feel the most tension by spreading knowledge and awareness and thereby preventing fears that lead us into human suffering.