This is what hatred does…because of ‘la difference’.

Main image: A selfie which Laura took in April 2008

Today the headlines are awash with details of atrocities and killings because we are all not the same. Different skin colours, different religions, different points of view…just different. And all those years of brainwashing and indoctrination, from the time we were born. It’s sad that in most cases our lives are dictated by our appearances. We are all supposed to be the same. It’s a pity that our physical bodies can’t just disappear so that we will no longer be able to judge or discriminate against each other.

Laura experienced many difficulties during her life as she had been born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. Despite numerous operations and speech therapy she was always very self conscious. A different personality might have handled it differently but she was very sensitive and introverted, and she was often subjected to stares, and whispers.

So much depends on the way we look. Very superficial but oh so human. In a way it reminds me of the story of the emperor who wore no clothes.

‘Two swindlers arrive at the capital city of an emperor who spends lavishly on clothing at the expense of state matters. Posing as weavers, they offer to supply him with magnificent clothes that are invisible to those who are stupid or incompetent. The emperor hires them, and they set up looms and go to work. A succession of officials, and then the emperor himself, visit them to check their progress. Each sees that the looms are empty but pretends otherwise to avoid being thought a fool. Finally, the weavers report that the emperor’s suit is finished. They mime dressing him and he sets off in a procession before the whole city. The townsfolk uncomfortably go along with the pretence, not wanting to appear inept or stupid, until a child blurts out that the emperor is wearing nothing at all. The people then realise that everyone has been fooled. Although startled, the emperor continues the procession, walking more proudly than ever’.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Emperor%27s_New_Clothes

All we need is love.

Some more awful headlines.

Religion.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/1/indonesia-on-edge-ahead-of-easter-after-palm-sunday-attack

Ethnic minorities, and dissent.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/1/myanmar-facing-bloodbath-un-envoy-tells-security-council

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/1/even-dissent-is-controlled-hong-kong-wakes-up-to-changed-world

https://www.independent.co.uk/asia/china/china-uighur-cotton-celebrities-brands-b1822883.html

The George Floyd trial. Because he was black.

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/31/us/derek-chauvin-trial-george-floyd-day-3/index.html

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/03/31/witness-floyd-detained-crying-trial-break-vpx.cnn

A teacher’s racist view. Because the student is black.

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/31/us/teacher-zoom-racist-remarks-trnd/index.html

Brandon Elliot attacked her because she is Asian, of Filipino descent. Fortunately she survived the attack.

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/31/us/times-square-asian-attack-arrest/index.html

Former France international Thierry Henry says he hopes his decision to step away from social media will inspire others to stand up against racist abuse and bullying online.

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/26/football/thierry-henry-racism-social-media-quit-spt-intl/index.html

Black lives do matter. All lives matter.

https://blacklivesmatter.com/

A post and some photographs Laura shared in 2008. She was working at the Talisa Spa at the Jumeirah Madinat.

Jumeirah Madinat
Jumeirah Madinat
A much younger, and happier Laura

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