The most important thing we can all do is treat each other with kindness and respect. Kids, they can learn right away, in school and the playground to be nice to each other. If you see a kid being picked on you make sure you stand up for him. And you treat everybody fairly, no matter what they look like or where they’re from and if you start learning to do that as kids, and everybody is respectful and nice to each other, then when they grow up they’ll be doing the same thing and we’ll have a lot fewer problems.” – President Obama
Let’s leave partisan vitriol aside of one minute and consider: What if we actually followed this advice?
Here’s a little more about the Kid President story.
It reminds me of this amazing video from The Dalai Lama Center for Peace — because unfortunately, even when the President of the United States says it’s the most important thing, it’s not enough to simply say, “let’s treat each other with kindness and respect.” If we mean it, we have to learn it. Practice it. Teach it. First to ourselves. Then to others.