Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Why is it that people from cultures/countries at war often get along in the US?

Opportunity.

When you have a reasonable chance to work on the attainment of a future state that allows you to meet your own and your family's basic needs - food, shelter, education, health care - then suddenly everything else loses importance.  You then realize that there are options beyond hate and war as a way to live.

When people are able to be rewarded commensurately to their hard work and when these rewards allow them to also build a future, then other things become priority -- and listening and understanding have time to develop. 

Have you asked yourself whether you would be more susceptible to hate, misinformation, and prejudice if you had no opportunities and no viable options for you or your family?

I probably would.

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