It doesn’t matter if a thing is real. If it is perceived of as being real, it will be real in its consequences.
Then, if I could tell the world one more thing, I’d probably quote this newspaper headline:
Be gracious or please just shhhh.
I might throw in Dr. King’s words:
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction … The chain reaction of evil–hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
But if I could only tell the world one thing, it would be the first one. Because if we could take that on, and remember it as we move through our days, we’d be half-way there, wouldn’t we?
UPDATE: Oh wait! Within seconds of posting this, I found the following:
“There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” - Kurt Vonnegut
That’s probably the best one of all, ever. So I’m going with that one, now.