Our world is plagued with problems: poverty, crime, war, famine, corruption. The list goes on. But one of the primary problems in the world today is the existence of ideologies of intolerance, division, and hate: racism, xenophobia, and religious exclusivism and extremism, to name a few.
Why do so many ideologies of hate exist? Why are so many people today comfortable with hating those who don't look like them, speak like them, dress like them, worship like them, or live like them? While a completely satisfying answer to these questions may not be possible, I have one answer that I think strikes at the heart of the problem: We as humans have spent so much effort focusing on what makes us different and have largely forgotten what makes us the same. And we have used our differences as an excuse to assume superiority over others.