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  •  But what makes people "weak and not savvy"? (2+ / 0-)
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    Mets102, commonmass

    There are no easy answers, but I am persuaded that each parent has the responsibility to teach their children -- by example and explicitly -- to be empathetic and open-minded, and to value others.

    A child who receives unconditional love and positive guidance will be unlikely to fall prey to the ideologies and habits of bigots.

    Consider adopting a homeless pet at PAWS.org (Progressive Animal Welfare Society)

    by hikerbiker on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 10:24:19 PM PST

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    •  Parenting can make a big difference (3+ / 0-)
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      Mets102, FrugalGranny, hikerbiker

      but in the end some people are just bad, or of very substandard intelligence, and I don't know if they could have turned out less inclined to hatred and extremist ideologies with different parenting.

      There are some very bad people that had very loving and positive parents.  The example that always comes to mind for me, although not from the bigotry side, is the Unabomber.  If you've ever seen the stories about him, his family was very loving and you can tell that his brother is a kind, educated, pacifist person.  But he just came out wrong, in spite of the positive family environment.

      That having been said, upbringing is probably 80% of the equation, most of the time.

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