“Simply profound and profoundly simply
a formula for building human beings”
by Ed Chasteen
I awoke this morning before three o’clock with these words and others they prompted running through my mind. I tried till four to make them stop. When they would not, I came in the dark down the hall, through the kitchen, down the stairs, through the laundry room to the PC on the other side of the wall from the washing machine: The place where it all started.
I had only a yellow pad and a pencil those years ago when it all started. At my college on the hill little more than two miles away with my students we would struggle to know how it is that in every place and time pockets of people come to see themselves as special, and thinking thus, establish systems that deny others. When knowing how these things had happened proved not enough and endless cycles of their repetition loomed ahead, we sought a way to a better place for all of us.
Alone in this basement room beside the washing machine with my yellow pad and pencil I spent hours and years putting down on paper the words I hoped might offer a path to this place. When the words I thought were right, I took them to my student secretaries. They typed. They xeroxed. They spiral bound thick bunches of 8.5×11 pages, put on a front and back cover, and we gave a title to what together we had done: How To Like People Who Are not Like You.
Years passed. Changes were made in the words. I got a PC and learned to use it. The size shrank to regular book size. An intriguing cover emerged. The book found its way beyond that race relations class at my college. To describe what he thought of How To Like People Who Are not Like You a reviewer wrote, “Simply profound and profoundly simply, a formula for building human beings”
We formed a student organization we called HateBusters. We traveled the country by invitation from governors, mayors, colleges, universities, churches, synagogues, masjids, civic clubs and ordinary folks. We taught our book. We gave copies to all who asked. We have given thousands.
From the beginning HateBusters promised never to say no when asked to help people learn to like each other and never to ask payment from those who need our help. HateBusters has for years been a 501 C 3 non-profit. All donations are tax deductible. We ask those who like what we do to give us the money we need to help the people who ask for help.
We come now to ask you. From two different groups in the last few days we have been asked for 108 copies of How To Like People Who Are not Like You. I have on hand the eight copies requested by a women’s study group. I have asked our printer here in town to print the 100 copies requested by the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, which will be given to the foreign military officers coming to Kansas City for a conference on March 2nd of this year.
We need to raise $800.00 to cover costs in meeting these requests: printing, postage, travel. If you would like to help go to our website, http://www.hatebusters.com
click on DONATE and using PayPal make your donation. Those who prefer checks: HateBusters, Inc., Box 442, Liberty, MO 64069. All who donate will receive an online copy of How To Like People Who Are not Like You.
It’s now 6:23 in the morning. My two-fingered pecking has produced these words. I’m going back to bed.