Yeah. My daughter loved the Bernstein Bears for a few years. She seems to have outgrown them now. She LOVED this one book about how the bear family kept a nice house and were good neighbors but there was this other family who kept a messy yard and didn't seem to be good neighbors. And then the bear family's car broke down, and the mayor and the fancy rich people drove right by and didn't help them. But who helped? It was the family with the messy yard.
Apparently, the bear family had some preconceived notions about the messy yard family. But mama bear was so grateful that they had stopped to help them when their car broke down, that she invited the whole messy yard family over for dinner! In spite of the fact that they were clearly not at the same economic level as the bear family. The children were shocked that mama had invited them to their home, but then mama started telling the kids that the BIBLE tells us to be nice to our neighbors.
I HATED this book. I hated the judgmental bear family. I hated the fact that they only looked at the other family as worthy of their attention after the other family helped them.
But most of all, I hated the fact that we should be nice to others because the BIBLE tells us to be nice to others.
We should be nice to others because other peoples feelings are as valid as our feelings. And we should always think about how our actions impact on other people. Even - no especially, people who are different from us.