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Andrei in the office

Political thought followup

I mentioned in the previous post that our government has perfected the polarizing bi-partisan activity of 'us' vs. 'them.

In the 2000 elections I was told how someone slapped a friend of mine in his house because she disagreed with his politics.

In the 2004 elections I read countless stories of election motivated violence.

If this feeling of us vs. them continues... if we poliarize this nation perfectly down the center. 50% of us hating and mistrusting 50% of us. If the violence keeps building...

Now, for those of you who may have taken a history class. Do the words, "Civil War" make sense?

Because sooner or later it will only take one event. That's how these things begin. Let's stop talking about Black and White. Let's go back to thinking for ourselves.

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in 1917, british and german troops called a truce to celebrate christmas together, and played a game of soccer. when the powers that be found out, all the troops were moved to other locations, as it was clear that they would no longer be able to fight whole-heartedly.

an us vs. them mentality is best defeated by strategies that forge commonalities across lines of disagreement. this is one reason i have long-term interest in interfaith work.

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