There have been some good reports and essays out lately that I’d like to point God Blogging readers to.
The first is an op-ed in today’s NY Times by Tenzin Gyatso, otherwise known as the 14th Dalai Lama (and author of numerous books!) In it, Gyatso points out the ever more important need for practitioners of one religion to respect practitioners of other faiths. Admitting that there are tensions between certain religions, he nonetheless says we need to promote peaceful co-existence. I agree on the need to promote co-existence, but think that perhaps this isn’t a conflict brought about by religion or faith, but rather illustrates a severe conflict between societies that still have a strong tribal culture link and more Western societies. It is also illustrative of a “culture of fear” that is being used by politicians and religious leaders alike in various countries at various times to manipulate the masses. Remember people: Think for yourselves … but read Gyatso’s piece here.
Next, if you didn’t hear about this Sunday, CNN did a special series, “Black or White: Kids on Race” and it showed that for all our “we’re so past prejudice” yammering, apparently we really aren’t. Read a good reflection on one writer’s experience of seeing the series and being confronted by a young child here.
Speaking of children, earlier this month, Time reported on the results from a multi-year study on spanking and (surprise!) it showed that hitting kids makes them more aggressive later on. This is such a no-brainer, but I find myself repeating it over and over: Children learn through modeling. Ergo, if you want a child to be loving and kind and thoughtful, you best model that behavior for him or her. Likewise, if you want said child to react with violence when he or she gets upset, you model that behavior for him or her. You do not, therefore, teach a child to not hit by hitting him. Read the study results here.