I believe empathy is more powerful than hate, and our lives should be dedicated to making it go viral. ~ Zak Ebrahim ~
I came to today’s TED Talk looking for a video by another person but after watching this Talk decided that this was an inspirational talk to share. Let’s face it, the world is in a bit of a scary mess these days. We’re hearing stories of young people in North America and Europe being radicalized and joining groups to fight in wars far from their homelands. President Obama took to the television last night to talk about how the effort is increasing to ” degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy “. And then I found this video.
Zak Ebrahim was born in Pennsylvania to an Egyptian industrial engineer and an American school teacher. When Ebrahim was seven, his father shot and killed the founder of the Jewish Defense League, Rabbi Meir Kahane. From prison his father, El-Sayed Nosair, co-masterminded the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Ebrahim spent the rest of his childhood moving from city to city, hiding his true identity from those who knew of his father. In this video he speaks of how being the new kid in every school he attended made him feel like an outsider; one of the main reasons that people become radicalized.
Zak’s statement about how much negative energy it takes to hold hatred inside should give us all pause. Let’s all try to spread a little kindness today.