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On the Dangers of Promoting Fear and Stoking Hatred

From the migrant crisis on Europe's borders to the campaign for President of the United States(US), fear mongering and hatred stoking have been showing their ugly faces.

Charges from Republican candidate for President Donald Trump that many Mexican immigrants are criminals, amounts to a clear promotion of fear of a particular group of people. Similarly, charges by another Republican candidate for President Ben Carson that no Muslim should ascend to the White House, also bestows fear of a particular religion. 

In Europe, the refugee-phobia of Hungary's Viktor Orban has translated into a hatred of migrants. And indications by a few European nations of the preference to accept only Christian refugees, are also displays of hatred. Likewise, right-wing groups from Germany, to Greece and elsewhere have shown a strong hatred of migrants.

However, fear promoters and hatred stokers have all neglected the reciprocal nature of their beliefs and rhetoric. While their expressed opinions and rhetoric might be crafted to achieve a targeted political agenda, their actions could promote violence. And given the two-sided character of violence -  any violence triggered by fear promoters and hatred stokers, could engulf those feared and hated as well as those fearing and hating.

Tolerance and acceptance remain the civil nature of most humans and in order to sustain serenity in the prevailing world order, all fear promoters and hatred stokers, must be rejected.