It is extraordinary how a voice from our childhood, even one word spoken at a crucial moment, can bury itself inside only to reveal its simple wisdom in a crisis our adult minds cannot begin to fathom. peace can never be achieved by violence; violence begets more violence. For the first time, I saw clearly the face of my true enemy and the enemy of all who are friends of God and of peace. It was not the Zionists, but the demon of militarism. â€œIf there is a problem somewhere,â€ he said with his dry chuckle, â€œthis is what happens. Three people will try to do something concrete to settle the issue. Ten people will give a lecture analyzing what the three are doing. One hundred people will commend or condemn the ten for their lecture. One thousand people will argue about the problem. And one personâ€”only oneâ€”will involve himself so deeply in the true solution that he is too busy to listen to any of it.â€ â€œNow,â€ he asked gently, his penetrating eyes meeting each of ours in turn, â€œwhich person are you?â€ Suddenly I knew that the first step toward reconciling Jew and Palestinian was the restoration of human dignity. I thought, If only the whole nation of Israelâ€”and the whole worldâ€”could understand that Jews and Palestinians can get along when they begin to treat each other with dignity. Bishop Raya nodded. â€œExactly. When you build dignity, you begin to destroy prejudice.â€ I told them the way of a peacemaker was difficultâ€”it required deep forgiveness, risking the friendship of your enemies, begging for peace on your knees and in the streets. There is a Latin proverb: Homo hominis lupus (â€œMan, toward man, is a wolfâ€). In light of this ancient wisdom, war between Palestinian and Jew is even more terrible. Frater fratris lupissimus (â€œBrother toward brother can be worse than a wolfâ€).
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