We all have a shadow self which we often disown and pretend isn't there. What we do instead is project our shadow on to other people making them out to be "bad" simply because they are different or challenge our beliefs. We are seeing a great deal of this recently in the west between religions, cultures, lifestyles, dress, ethnicity. This isn't new but has happened throughout history. It causes at the least tension but can be an excuse for war. Valuing difference and being able to accept that in our lives is the first step to reconciliation within families, relationships and communities. What we do matters. We can cause hurt, upset and undermine people's sense of well being by not being tolerant of difference. If life didn't have differences and people were all the same it would be a very boring planet to live on!
Ankhra Laan-Ra. Glasgow based Well-being and Fitness Coach.