Take just 80 seconds of your time to watch this powerful video, which imagines a world without racism, homophobia or anti-Semitism
What Is Hate?
Hatred refers to an intense dislike, which usually invokes someone feeling towards other people or something. You can have some anger towards the group of people who has either offended you in one way or the other.
In life, we usually integrate with many people, and in one way or the other, we may offend each other, which could give rise to hatred. When hatred arises, it causes a lot of difference amongst ourselves.
How to Live Without Hatred in Our Lives
Ensure That You Balance Your Emotions
Emotions bring conflict, and the moment you deal with your emotions, you would be able to live without hate. It’s good to understand your emotions and be ready to control all your action, especially when you get provoked. Always ensure that you develop some positive emotions in all the situation which you could get faced.
Avoid Quarreling With People
The reasons why people hate each other arises from disagreeing with someone over something. For instance, you might end up finding yourself in a heated argument with someone, and each of you stands with a different argument. When you find yourself in such a situation, it would be prudent to avoid such an argument, thus avoid living with hate.
Develop A Habit Of Forgiving Others
They say no man is an island, and you will live and integrate with other people in life where you may end being an offended way or the other. In your life, if you believe in forgiving other people despite the situation, it would make you live without hate. When you find yourself in a situation where you feel someone has offended you it will be useful to forgive such person and this way you would avoid hatred in your life.
Always Share Your Problem
A problem shared is a problem half solved, and thus we should always share our problems with people who will help us solve the problem and relieve our heart from the anger. The reason why people continue to hate each other is that the moment you have any issues with someone, you keep it in your heart and don’t’ share. Please avoid keeping some of these issues within your heart and open up with other people. Through such simple acts, you can always avoid living with hatred.
Always Seek For Justice
In life, justice solves many issues which seem to be unbearable and also help in healing. When someone does something to you, which depicts some level of injustice and also unfairness, it would be prudent to seek for justice first. As soon as you get justice, you will be able to heal and also live without hate. Justice is the key to living in harmony in our life.
Always Accept Other People Opinions
In life, we hold different opinions, and everyone wants his or her opinion to uphold. However, this is not always the case and may cause some differences which may cause hatred. For instance, you might be required to share each other opinion before you would make a final decision. However, your friends may hold a different opinion from yours, which would cause some hatred. If we could appreciate and respect other people’s opinion, we could be able to avoid living with hate.
Ensure You Forgive When Offended
Forgiving is the key to healing; hence, we should embrace forgiveness in our daily actions. When you open your heart and forgive each other, you will be able to heal without necessary hating someone. Try it out today.
Take Your Time To Heal
When you are facing issues with someone, and you feel the person offended you, it would be prudent for you to take your time. Time heals everything, and you will be able to recover without hating the person who offended you. Always take your time, and all will be well with your heart.
Engage The Person Who Has Offended You
The best way to heal is to ensure that you resolve the dispute between the two of you when you are facing such a situation. It would help you to heal without hating the other person. It is good to talk with each other well when there are conflicts since this would help resolve the dispute
In life, we encounter many people, and in the process, we might end up hating each other due to a differing opinion. However, we can all avoid this by embracing each other opinions and accept that other people also air the right messages to us.
However, if the case of hatred would arise, it would be necessary to ensure that we sit down with those people whom we have developed issues with them and negotiate the best way out.in your discussions, you can also opt to include a third party who will act as a mediator in doing so, we can be able to solve our dispute and heal without necessary hating each other.
— a world in which the hate violence that took the lives of Martin Luther King Jr., Anne Frank, Daniel Pearl, Matthew Shepard and others did not happen. Imagine what these individuals could have continued to contribute to society if bigotry, hate and extremism had not cut their lives tragically short.
After 100 years of fighting bigotry and fostering respect, we are celebrating our successes, while at the same time recognizing that we still have a long way to go to achieve the reality of a world without hate. Join us by watching, sharing and taking steps every day to create a world without hate.
Thank you for stepping up to create a world without hate as an individual, community, school or corporation.
ADL is most grateful to the families of those featured in the video, whose commitment and participation made this campaign possible, and to the Estate of John Lennon for granting us the rights to use his beautiful and iconic song.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was founded a century ago to stop defamation of Jewish people, and has since expanded its role to fight all bigotry. Despite its amazing work, very few people knew about ADL, and if they had heard about it, they associated the organization with exclusively Jewish causes.
For the ADL’s 100 year anniversary, we wanted to not only celebrate the past but become a beacon for the future. After all, the world needed ADL now more than ever
—it just didn't know it yet. The ADL’s causes of fighting intolerance and bigotry are more relevant than ever before. With the proliferation of the Internet, social media and smartphones, hate can now get scale in a matter of seconds.
Our idea was to create a video that brought to life an alternative future, a future in which infamous acts of hate and intolerance had not happened. We imagined a world in which prominent victims – such as Martin Luther King and Daniel Pearl - had been able to flourish and live long, productive lives.
Since ADL had zero media budget, we had only the social space to distribute our message. Rather than going after the usual suspects (i.e., celebrities with high follower counts), we targeted individuals who had the most passion for this issue and the most reason to share. Within hours of launch, the social space exploded.
The video was getting 10,000 views an hour- solely driven by social sharing – before going on to get more than 1 million unique views. Non-profit videos are often meaningful, moving and important,
but the momentum that this video gathered in the social space was unparalleled, leading ADL to be the first non-profit to be featured on YouTube’s most watched viral ads leaderboard.
ADL was faced with many challenges. Firstly, how do you dramatize something as big as hate and intolerance? And how do you inspire people to take action against something so monolithic?
And if those reasons weren’t enough, there were several other obstacles: • ADL had almost no budget • Most people had either not heard of ADL, or thought of the League as a rather old-fashioned Jewish organization, not entirely relevant in this changing world.
Also, let's face it, people are hit with so many good causes every single day, they’ve become extremely adept at tuning them out. • Hate, intolerance and bigotry seem particularly intractable to many people - human problems as old as the world, impossible to eradicate.
We needed an idea so powerful and so inspiring it would transcend all these obstacles and get people to rethink bigotry and hate… and to understand what ADL stands for.
This is where we had our big insight: every other cause—from the environment to poverty to public health—was using negative imagery, negative dramatization to bring attention to their cause, leaving people numb.
What would happen if instead of dramatizing the cost of bigotry and intolerance we would bring to life the benefit, the yield of a world without it? Allowing people to imagine another, better world, a world that inspired their imagination rather than making them tune out? And it worked.
All over the social space, people’s moving reactions to the video were chronicled. Many celebrities picked up on it, distributing the message far and wide. “This video kicked me in the chest. One of the coolest anti-hate things I have ever seen." – singer and LGBT activist, Ricky Martin “Heck, I like this link so much, I am going to tweet it twice." –
Ann Curry, former Today Show host who tweeted the video link twice in one day to her 1.4 million Twitter followers “This will make you cry all over your chest." – Lena Dunham, creator of HBO’s Girls and Golden Globe Award winner
This entry is deserving of the Social Good Campaign Shorty because it aimed (and succeeded) in increasing awareness for one of the most important issues that society has been dealing with for years.
ADL’s video urged all kinds of people to imagine a world without hate and spread the message far and wide. This one little video, meant to simply commemorate the first 100 years of a noble, but little known organization, has created an impact beyond anyone's wildest imagination.
It has reached millions of people from every walk of life, become a new North Star for ADL and defined its mission for the next hundred years.
Most importantly, it has allowed mankind to think about hatred and bigotry in a new way: not as a tragic, permanent part of the human condition but as something that we can all overcome if only we have the courage and imagination to visualize a world without them.