Can't We All Just Get Along?
Commentary by Molly Mayfield Barbee
Can we get along?
President Obama’s words at the end of his speech in Cairo last week really resonated with me: “The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God’s vision. Now that must be our work here on Earth.”
I’d like to think that his message was a shout out to all peacebuilders everywhere. And, that there is no greater vision, mission, or duty than to work for peace.
The Holy Qur’an tells us: “O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another.” The Talmud tells us: “The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace.” The Holy Bible tells us: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” I would have gone with the gender neutral versions, of course, but I like the major points from his speech…we are incredibly diverse AND peace is possible.
We CAN all just get along, can’t we?
I wonder when we started seeing all the things that make us different, that divide us? When we grew up, did we grow out of the natural acceptance of others that we had as children? How do we get that back?
I started thinking about a revelation from my recent time living in Sudan. There were many commonalities with my Sudanese brothers and sisters there. Why was I surprised by that? What about you? What made you realize that our similarities were much greater than our differences? Or, what makes you think peace is possible?
This enquiring mind wants to know.