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It always starts with words

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It always starts with words
By MuseumWeek • Issue #15 • View online
Have you ever (been) hated? Not disliked. Hated. Pages could be wrote about the history of hate and its terrifying consequences on Humans, on animals, on nature, on our ideals…

Mushroom cloud above Nagasaki after atomic bombing on August 9, 1945. Taken from the north west. Charles Levy. Public Domain
Mushroom cloud above Nagasaki after atomic bombing on August 9, 1945. Taken from the north west. Charles Levy. Public Domain
But what we would like to underline today is that it always starts with words. The question is not about hate per se, but about its expression (not to be confused with freedom of speech).
So we are glad to tell you that the UN General Assembly recently adopted a resolution on “promoting inter-religious and intercultural dialogue and tolerance in countering hate speech”. The resolution proclaims 18 June as the International Day for Countering Hate Speech, which will be marked for the first time in 2022.
We’re not fond of the chosen hashtag (#NoToHate), since it gives the illusion that hate can be eradicated: preventing its expression might be a more realistic objective? Raising awareness of the harmfulness of hate speech for our societies? Therefore, the hashtag #PreventingHateSpeech would be more relevant.
Nevertheless, the phenomenon is so catalyzed by digital networks that we can only welcome this initiative and invite you to prepare at least one publication on this subject. And since June 18th will also mark “our” day dedicated to #LifeLessonsMW, maybe some inspiring quotes to raise awareness would be welcome?
If we were to publish tomorrow, here’s the phrase of wisdom we would publish:
“The origin of hate is the hate of origin”, from the French Philosopher & Psychoanalyst Daniel Sibony. #PreventingHateSpeech #LifeLessonsMW
May the force be with you and stay safe.
Warm regards,
Benjamin BENITA,
President of Culture For Causes Network
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