How do we vaccinate? As an educator I believe in both redemption and transformation. There is a way through. In reality, I hear people repeat until they believe as firmly as faith whatever line serves to elevate them and put down those who are too near. Zero-sum thinking, greed, desire, these drive the human beast and we are indeed a terrible species in this regard. The irony is that the most caustic, narrow-minded horrific gossip in a small town will turn and set down his/her coffee cup, wipe the powdered sugar from his/her lips and talk about goodness and helping man/womankind. In general we are generous of spirit and of purse, specifically and especially when it get personal, when it gets between me and mine, then the claw and daggers come out, razor sharp and ready.