Peace and Anti-War
Empathy allows us to make a psychic and emotional connection with another person, to actually enter into their mind-space. The separateness between you and the other person fades away. Your ‘self-boundary’ melts away, so that in a sense – or to an extent – you become them.
Last week, imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini was able to see his father while in an Iranian prison, and the two were able to pray and worship together for hours without intervention, according to his wife Naghmeh.
The thing is, whether apart or together, peace can only come if we are willing – truly willing – to see, hear and feel the other person. And remember, being ‘right’ offers no peace. Understanding the other person however, does.
In the wake of last week’s attack on a Copenhagen synagogue, a group of young Muslims in Norway have organized a Shabbat “Ring of Peace” around an Oslo synagogue to, in the words of its 17-year-old organizer, “extinguish the prejudices people have against Jews and against Muslims.”
The “We refuse to be enemies” movement has the participation of Arabs, Israelis and Israeli Arabs united in their longing for peace. The slogan has turned into an international social media campaign against the unnecessary deaths in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the need for peace in the region.
It’s shocking that it even has to be said, but apparently it does: “All Lives Matter.” Not just black lives or police lives. All murder is bad. There is no morally authorized form of premeditated murder no matter what story you tell yourself.
A study finds that confessions are four times more likely when interrogators adopt a respectful stance toward detainees and build rapport, instead of torturing.
I’m Easy. Well, not THAT kind of easy … although, in my 20’s… For a long time now I have been noticing that we reward ‘all that is difficult’. Like, “I studied hard for that exam” and, “It was a rough week” and, “I pulled an all nighter to get this project together for my […]
Colombia is a lovely country, but it is also a country where the F.A.R.C. guerrilla movement has incited violence for over 50 years. Ad executive there, Jose Miguel Sokoloff sadly points out, “In my lifetime, I have never lived one day of peace in my country.” In this Ted Talk, Sokoloff shares the inspired, compassionate, […]
I Am Enough. A couple of years ago I logged into my infrequently used Twitter account one day and found a flurry of messages congratulating me on my nomination. Nomination for what??? Apparently I had been nominated for a FIERCE Woman Award. I was touched that the nomination was in the category most meaningful for […]