From Rais

Welcome to our website and our hope for the future of a World Without Hate. We are dedicated to promoting cross-cultural empathy through education and to supporting the victims of the crimes that result when this empathy is lacking. There is growing evidence that many people across the globe seek the same thing. Foundations and organizations like Amnesty International, and The Society of Sant’ Egidio have been formed to provide a supportive and dignity-affirming response to destructive behaviors such as human trafficking, genocide, state-sanctioned execution, and abuse due to things like race, gender, or sexual orientation. People of disparate religions, economic brackets and cultures are coming together to oppose human abuse in all of its forms. There is reason for vibrant hope.

We at World Without Hate wish to join this community of people who seek a solution. Our mission is to educate and to support. We want to mobilize a vehicle for exposing the general populace, especially children, to stories which reveal our commonality, to focus on the things which every human being shares with every other human being. We hope to cross geographic barriers, cultural divisions, and religious differences in this process. We believe that when people get to know “the other,” that their shared essence becomes obvious, and that this can only be done by breaking down the barriers to that knowledge.

We also believe that victims of hate crime can easily become embittered vessels of hate themselves unless there is an intervention in which the value of each individual is respectfully asserted. For that reason, we also hope to provide support to victims.

We believe that the best way to nurture empathy is to share stories. This helps us to see the world through one another’s eyes. Particularly useful are the stories of the victims. Look, for instance, at the huge response to the story of Malala who was nominated last year for a Nobel Peace Prize.  People of widely diverse backgrounds have been moved by her story to seek action to eradicate the evils revealed by it. This process — replicated thousands of times — could bring real change, a real movement toward a world without hate.

Our stories do not need to be as large as Malala’s. Sometimes the smaller stories reveal just as much. In my case, I have traveled the world talking of the crime that almost cost me my life. In my next post, I’d like to tell a story – a smaller story – that I hope you’ll identify with. In the meantime, I hope you’ll consider sending us your story. You can submit a thought or two using the contact form or, if you would like to submit a guest blog post to be featured here, please email us at info@worldwithouthate.org.