Written by Rabbi Wayne Dosick.  Narrated by Marie T. Russell.

Age-old wisdom teaches, “You do not know something until you know its name.” When we name the sickness, the poison that oozes throughout our world, we can begin to fight it and defeat it.

We see the evil: discordant division because of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or class—the demonizing of “The Other.”

We see the evil: the rise of xenophobia, radical Islamic fundamentalism, racism, racial profiling, white nationalism, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, neo-fascists, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, sexism, misogyny, ethnic discrimination, apartheid, bigotry, senseless hatred, brutal violence, and terrorism.

We see the evil: so-called “charismatic” men and women who rise up to play on the vulnerabilities and the emotions of the people—who separate, divide, and create fear by pitting one group against another, and ultimately crush hope by wreaking havoc on their own country and the world.

We remember: the hatred, bigotry, and discrimination of not-too-distant days that still ripple toward us; the footsteps of war and destruction; the horrors of the machines of genocide that still ripple through the lands. The words of young Anne Frank—hidden away when she was caught up in the madman’s evil darkness—echo through the years...

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About the Author

photo of RABBI WAYNE DOSICK, Ph.D., D.D.RABBI WAYNE DOSICK, Ph.D., D.D., is an educator, writer, and spiritual guide who teaches and counsels about faith, ethical values, life transformations, and evolving human consciousness. Well-known for his quality scholarship and sacred spirit, he is the rabbi of The Elijah Minyan, a retired visiting professor at the University of San Diego, and the host of the monthly Internet radio program, SpiritTalk Live! heard on HealthyLife.net. He is the award-winning author of nine critically acclaimed books.