Ignorance, a true lack of knowledge and understanding, is the root of much of the fear and hate in the world. People are often afraid of what they don't understand.
One way to overcome this is by making a real effort to learn from one another.
A video from Channel 4 that first went viral on Facebook, and again more recently on Twitter, demonstrated this perfectly.
The video is part of a promotional campaign for Channel 4's series How The Other Kids Live.
The series puts kids from vastly different backgrounds together for play dates so that they can learn about each others' families and cultures.
The viral video features Yasmin, a Muslim girl, and Brendan, a Catholic boy, as they learn about the differences and similarities in their religions and the way their families live.
One interaction between the two really stands out. While Brendan is visiting Yasmin's house, Yasmin says that she is Muslim and, after a second, Brendan asks "What's a Muslim?"
"When you celebrate the same stuff but in a different way."
“When you can celebrate the same stuff but in a different way” Kids are so pure man https://t.co/ZWF9885pNY— call me tars (@call me tars)1558017537.0
While Brendan spends time with Yasmin and her family, he learns a lot about their way of life.
He sees her family pray, and gets to ask questions. It is these kind of questions, asked from a place of innocent curiosity, that allow children to learn and accept others
His questions aren't eloquent, but Brendan is making a real effort to learn and understand. Encouraging this kind of free exchange of knowledge and information is the idea behind the series.
Another clip shows Yasmin answering more of Brendan's questions.
@biscottibae https://t.co/7o9DUGIVHp— call me tars (@call me tars)1558018546.0
Twitter thought the two kids were adorable, and inspiring.
@krasiwayah Aww! The end when he got emotional because the experience was finished 😭☺️ bless him!— STORM GEORGINA ⚡️🌪 (@STORM GEORGINA ⚡️🌪)1558082067.0
@krasiwayah @biscottibae His heart is so pure!!! https://t.co/rEBTyqhKta— Like Dairy Milk (@Like Dairy Milk)1558095365.0
@krasiwayah @wokeeth @biscottibae This is why kids need to be around kids of other backgrounds. Periodt.— Hussy Smollett (@Hussy Smollett)1558089615.0
@krasiwayah @biscottibae When he got emotional at the end https://t.co/OcYE72cnCY— Atiya (@Atiya)1558127690.0
@krasiwayah When she said “We believe in same thing, just different” I felt that 🙌🏼 Girl is smart and when asked wh… https://t.co/NVROyAWnvb— 🌸✨OG Babygirl✨🌸 (@🌸✨OG Babygirl✨🌸)1558077563.0
They also loved Brendan's curiosity.
@PrettyyCookie @krasiwayah That’s what I loved too. And his questions were so sincere!— Sy Smith (@Sy Smith)1558125832.0
@parisianteal @AmayaJordan2 @krasiwayah kids ask the weirdest questions. im polish and i’ve been asked some interes… https://t.co/Y2jVtNPLMg— Kat🥀 (@Kat🥀)1558291772.0
@krasiwayah This is so beautiful, at least the lil guy is learning— August Thee Stallion 🦄 (@August Thee Stallion 🦄)1558031915.0
There were a few shoutouts to Brendan's mom for the gentle correction too.
@krasiwayah The woman’s reaction to his mistake in saying ‘Muslim toys’ is the exact kind of unproblematic correcti… https://t.co/sKDgVCUaFR— 🙃 (@🙃)1558390483.0
Kids don't have to be eloquent or understand all of the nuances of a discussion right away—that comes after they understand the basics.
As it turns out, the kids really are all right.