The Lotus Sutra, which explains that all people can attain Buddhahood and that all people are Buddhas, embodies a spirit of supreme respect for human beings.
By contrast, those teachings and ideas that seek to turn people against each other, to have emotions and mindsets be exploited embody ultimate disrespect for human beings. Such disrespect is an expression of fundamental self-created darkness (we are each light in our own ways). On the level of the individual, practicing the Lotus Sutra means confronting the fundamental darkness in one’s own life and planning our steps carefully as we navigate the darkness that attempts to creep in.
Peace and Love, Jim