Today on Morning Edition (my usual a.m. diversion) they had a piece about Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian doctor who lost 3 daughters last year during an Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip and yet (despite having every right to be angry) is embracing an attitude of love and respect for his fellow humans - no matter who they are.
He's quoted as saying: "Military ways are futile, for both [sides]. Words are stronger than bullets. We have to understand each other. We have to respect each other as a human, as equal, and that the dignity of both is equal."
I was really inspired, and it gave a nice, hopeful start to my day, but it also made me wonder...
Why can't more people try to work together like this?
You just see it everywhere, all the time... this is not news. From Dems and Republicans to the many religions at war with each other to the prolife/prochoice debate and on and on, there's always some group sniping at another group, and it does nothing. Nobody every wins. Maybe if people were more willing to sit down and listen to each other, and try to find a common ground to work from, the world might be a more peaceful place.
Well, all we can do is try, right? A little goes a long way.
Oh, and in case you were wondering... the definition. It's a bit of a stretch, but it rhymed so nicely!
Happy Wednesday... tonight is home-made pizza night! Spinach and garlic and italian sausage on home-made dough (courtesy of Nova)? YES PLEASE.
Another lovely thing this morning; roses from a co-workers garden.