CONFRONTATION

Confrontation is a normal human experience, and do lead to anger, hate, and violence. Many religious texts and philosophical writings have encouraged that, when we are divided in our beliefs, we ought to choose the different path to anger, hate, and violence, to that of understanding, love, and reconciliation.

However, throughout the pages of recorded history there are more wars within communities than those between strangers. Communities do turn on each other; neighbor vs. neighbor, brother vs. brother. Many nations have been birth or defined as the result of internal wars; a normal rite of passage it may seem. Here are a few examples:

 

•             North vs. South in the USA civil war

•             3 civil wars in England

•             Spanish civil war

•             French Revolution

•             Russian Revolution

•             Protestants vs. Catholics in Northern Ireland

•             North vs. South Korea

•             Cuban Revolution

•             The Arab Spring: Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, …

•             1967 events in the former Statehood of St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla

 

So Love and Hate can never be friends. The moment after the judge’s ruling is read, what course of action angry divided Nevisians would choose:

             Love and Reconciliation, or

             Hate and Violence


 

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