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Can we live peacefully together?

18 July 2014, 07:16

Is it impossible for some people to live peacefully together? Humanity just doesn’t seem to learn from our mistakes of the past, even when we are given a chance to make peace.  The Israel Palestinian conflict makes me think that people just don’t learn.

I am not on one side or the other because I think they both seem to be as bad as each other.  The Israeli’s are saying that they can be justified with their recent bombardment because they didn’t start the new hostilities and that Hamas were offered a ceasefire. 

Hamas say why should they stop firing missiles when their civilians are being bombarded and they need to defend themselves. 

Fighting violence with more violence doesn’t help any situation and it is safe to say that this conflict will keep going for some time with more civilians being killed.  A five hour truce so that Gaza residents can gather supplies seems ridiculous, it makes the hostilities seem like even more of a farce.  The “they started it” argument isn’t much better than something a child would say and it is sad that it still comes down to this.

In my day to day life working for a logbook loans company I know how hard it is to negotiate with some people and I am in no way at all comparing my experiences with this conflict but it is hard to negotiate when the other person does not want to give way at all.

However, people’s lives are at stake here, there seems to stubbornness on both sides to actually sit down, talk and give way on anything.

We are all human beings and we should be able to settle our disagreements without having to kill each other.  We should be able to sit around a table, talk and if we don’t reach an agreement come back and do the same the next day, rather than going away and killing more people.

What are the children in Israel and Palestine learning?  That in order to solve differences we need to fight and kill each other.  None of this bodes well for future of the area.  Hopefully the children will learn from the people who are making the mistakes now, but this hasn’t been the case in the past.

It is sad that humans haven’t learned to live together peacefully after being on this planet for over 2 million years.  The number of conflicts that are still happening around the world shows that we are not even close to learning to be peaceful.  Something drastic needs to happen to change the way we think, otherwise it is difficult to see an end to the violence that we are almost becoming immune to when we turn on the news.

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