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Well it's again my turn to present this week's Peer Educator Blog. I originally was going to write an opinion piece about advertising and marketing. Can some advertising and marketing be too much? But, as I'm sitting here with my pen and pad people-watching at Starbucks, a thought crosses my mind. What if everyone cared enough to lend a helping hand to each other? What if everyone saw the world with no color barriers? Whites, blacks, Asians, Hispanics, all treated fairly and equally. No racism, no homophobia, no hate. 1 World 1 Love. When will the world wake up and see that we are all equal? When will we stop casting one another aside?
We're afraid to touch someone because they are black, gay, white, Asian, str8, Jewish, rich poor. We become afraid of the wrong things like lending a helping hand to someone who needs it. We have to start loving each other more and saying to each other "I love you my brother, sister, and I hear your cry."
Love! I firmly believe it is one of the greatest tools in harm reduction there could ever be. I talk to my contacts about harm reduction not because it's my job but because I love to help others stand and fight back addiction and I love the look on a stranger's face when you take just 3 minutes to stop and say "Hi, can I help you? Are you hungry? Come with me, I'll buy you a nice warm lunch." Now I have that person's attention. People are more inclined to listen to me talk about safe sex and harm reduction/addiction when they see that I respond to them like they are human and like they matter. I don't talk down or judge them for past things in their lives. It's not my place, nor my job, to do so. It's my job to listen, learn, teach, educate, support, love, and respect my contacts as well as myself.
As I close this blog entry, I challenge everyone reading this to go out in the community and be the strong men and women we are meant to be, and stop hate---stop all of these angry vibes. Tell someone "I love you and I see you"...When we break down the walls in society, then and only then can we break down ourselves and heal the world. We shall be free, and love can build a bridge between your heart and mine.