Why it’s so hard to start a conversation with people that we don’t know? Have you ever though to say more than just ‘’hello”, “good morning”, “bye”. And for those that we don’t even say that?
People who aren’t like you and who you don’t know exist for you only as categories. Abstractions. People who are different than you who you meet in physical space and talk with – not at – are individuals. The more we can have contact with people who aren’t like us, the more we are challenged, invited, required to see them as humans, as specific individuals with a context. Hate breeds on seeing people as categories and abstractions.
Read more about this The Guardian’s article.