Summer is here and of course the gays are ushering in another fabulous summer of fun in the Bay Area. While the festivities around PRIDE month are fun, the need to have the awareness is still very present. The hate in this country is reaching a fever a pitch, but this particular group has always been the recipient of a large share of the worst kinds of hate. Hate born out of fear or lack of understanding can be so hard to overcome because it requires a paradigm shift and that's no easy feat. Humans are a complicated bunch and making assumptions is something we do constantly. Assumptions damage our capacity to relate to others. If you are always assuming you know how others think and feel, you stop listening and communicating. Assumptions tend to involve negative thought as doubts. Cognitive behavioral research has shown, our thoughts create our feelings which create our actions, so if your head is full of negative assumptions it’s highly more likely that we are triggering ourselves into dangerous situations. If we can contribute anything at all to making this world a better place, I think we could start with making less assumptions about things we know nothing about. Be curious when those fears creep in, ask questions and learn about something we'd otherwise miss this summer. Its the least we can do for our fellow humans. Now get out there and love your hearts out kids, we could all use more of those vibes floating around.
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