“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”

– Golda Meir

These are such angry times.  It feels like everyone’s dug in, pointing fingers and harboring hate. She’s a liar, he’s a bigot…these people are drug dealers and rapists, those are terrorists…red faces, clenched fists, threats of violence, us versus them.

But there’s one major problem – the days are long gone when we can exist in a bubble.  Human innovation has made that impossible.  International travel, the internet, commerce, global investments, security issues…we’re all linked, from the greatest superpower to the smallest third world country, on a planet that depends on our cooperation.

I’m not a peace sign wielding flower child; I understand there’s a time for clenched fists.  But if that defensive posture is our default state then we’ll never have a real chance at peace.

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