Recently reading an interview with author Keith Ferrazzi and I really hung on his last six words of the interview.
Learn to be a human first. Everything else follows.
So what does make us human? It is our commonality of experience. We were all born, we all have somebody we call family, somebody that shares our fears, successes and failures with us. As adults, the majority of us have experienced having children and the trials that comes with that. We have all suffered disappointment, rejection, and betrayal, as well as success, love and faithfulness. The range of emotions and experiences that we share has more in common than are different. Once we understand that fact of life, the easier it is to empathize with our fellow humans and grant them the slack for their differences.
Once we build mutual trust through commonality, the language and dehumanization of others for political or financial gain should fall by the wayside as unnecessary. We are all in this life together, and we should travel it as a full team of humanity, not as warring segments of society.
If future segments I will apply this idea to several real life situations.