When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.Jimmy Hendrix
In this time of increased polarisation and conflict everywhere, a new verb has appeared in the English language. To “other” someone is to stop seeing them as a fellow human who has motives and emotions that are understandable and relatable. The “other” might as well be an alien or a malevolent android: they can be opposed, blamed, hated, even killed – but not understood.
This “othering” is a real problem. It massively reduces our options for dealing with behaviours we don’t like. Here’s why: