No river too wide for love to cross

We live in a world that in so many ways seems to be getting smaller. The fantastic advances in communications make it possible for people in one hemisphere to know about events in another hemisphere at the same moment as those people actually living through the events. And it's now almost commonplace to travel halfway round the world in less than a day. One could enjoy breakfast in New Delhi and have supper in New York!

Yet even as our world is shrinking, great chasms still appear to separate people, races, nations. The differences that would divide humanity are many and varied—religious beliefs, political ideologies, economic disparity, age-old prejudices and stereotypes, extremes of nationalism, and so on. Sometimes when these differences get ugly, violence becomes part of the scene. Then our world is injured by individual acts of aggression, terrorism, political oppression, or war. And it may seem as though an angry, rushing river cuts between people—a river too wide to cross.

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