DO you find it easy to empathize with your enemies?
I use the term 'enemies' loosely. There's a limit to the length of a thread title. What I mean is, there are people I disagree with, some vehemently, whose point f view I have no trouble seeing. I just disagree with it.
It's not surprise white conservatives were so opposed to equal rights for Blacks in the United States. If the best land, jobs and circumstances weren't reserved for whites, Blacks were obviously going to take some of those. I completely understand their opposition.
To the astonishment of most of my friends, I consider the members of Operation Rescue sane and courageous people. I disagree with them, but that's something else altogether.
I consider the Sept 1th attacks a completely predictable response to America's behaviour around the world, carried out by sane, rational people who believe they were acting in self-defense. And I still supported the American invasion of Afghanistan.
This may simply be a lack of principals on my part. Or a form of insanity. But I frequently find it very easy to understand why my enemies act the way they do. And to see those actions as sane, reasoned and rational.
I happen to possess an absolutely killer example of this, but I hesitate to post it here. Let the polling decide!
Proud to be an American
Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.