“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.