Connect Across The Divides
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When we stop thinking of the world in terms of “us and them,” battle lines disappear and dialogue can begin. The simple act of talking, person-to-person, across divides can defuse conflict and dissolve prejudice, humanizing those whom we’d considered our enemy. Peace on the ground starts inside ourselves, with the acceptance of the core beliefs listed below.
- War cannot resolve differences; only dialogue can.
- The traits that unite humans far outnumber the differences that divide them.
- Hatred is learned and can be unlearned.
- True compassion has no national, ethnic, religious, or sectarian boundaries.
Forget doomsday asteroids, global plagues and super volcanoes. British theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking says we're facing a much more immediate threat -- and it's our own behavior.
“The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression,” Hawking told contest winner Adaeze Uyanwah, according to the Independent. “It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or a partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all.”