The recent murders of Israeli and Palestinian teens are a tragic manifestation of the rage and prejudice that have simmered between these people for decades.
History is rife with examples of how it is easier to hate than to listen and more gratifying to react than reflect. Sadly, our world defines strength as aggression and domination, while qualities such as open-heartedness, compassion and flexibility are attributed to the “weak.” And so the killing goes on and on, fueled by age-old grudges, religious zealotry, portrayals of the other as monsters and segregated societies that make impossible the development of genuine friendship and understanding. Detesting a caricature of a person is effortless; loathing a beloved friend is not.
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