However, there came a time in Tony's life when he had to make a choice. Tony's love for his children led him on a spiritual journey of personal transformation. Financial hardship and the harsh realities of single parenthood brought him to a place of compassion and forgiveness for himself and for others. Tony has spent the past six years as principal of McAleer & Associates Wealth Management and traveling as a motivational speaker. Today he is Executive Chairman of Life After Hate and shares his practice of compassion as a presenter of Kindness Not Weakness curriculum.
LIFE AFTER HATE was created in 2009 by reformed former influential members of the radicalized American far-right movement. Through powerful stories of transformation and our unique insights about extremism gleaned from decades of experience, Life After Hate serves to inspire, educate, guide and counsel.
Whether it be working with individuals wishing to leave behind their life of hate and violence or helping organizations (educational, civic, government, etc.) seeking knowledge and insight on the roots of intolerance or extremism, Life After Hate aims to counter the seeds of intolerance we ourselves planted. Through our personal experiences and research projects, we have developed a sophisticated understanding as to what draws people to extremist groups and, more importantly, why they leave. Compassion is the opposite of judgment and we understand the role compassion plays in healing both individuals and communities.
Tony states: "Compassion and forgiveness become part of our identity. We may never see the impact but it will have a ripple effect just as throwing a pebble into a pond. We may not see the ripples on the other shore, but it is guaranteed they will get there."
"Everything we choose to do has a payoff.
"People with no joy in their lives are the best at sucking the joy of of people around." them. Unresolved anger is like radioactive toxic waste in the basement of your house."
Listening to his interview will give you an understanding and new insight into why someone would join a radical, far-right movement and how choices in our lives may affect us.
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