Compassion and empathy lacking in places of violence

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

As one of this world’s greatest architects of reconciliation and positive social change, surely Mandela — whose birthday was celebrated recently — is an authority on what it takes to overcome the reduction that reduces another person’s humanity, that makes that person as foreign as a virus, a target to be wiped out by any means necessary.

So how do we counteract the poisonous
thinking of my tribe versus yours?
Compassion. Empathy.

How much more persuasive would the July 18 demonstration in Calgary that led to violence have been had the Palestinian supporters and the Israeli supporters sat down and mourned together for a land that is choking to death on its hatred?

byTara Klager