“Team Humanity”

It seems to be human nature to take sides. A case in point is what we’re seeing on some university campuses—including that of my alma mater—where protests over the Israel-Hamas war and resulting humanitarian crisis have led to chaos and violence, with individuals and groups stridently taking sides.

Healthy discourse and even disagreement aren’t in and of themselves a bad thing. But what can we do to address disunity and distrust, division and turmoil, resulting from uncompromising views of complex situations?

I’m reminded of something I read shortly after the conflict in the Middle East broke out. It mentioned the experience of a high school history teacher in New York City, a Jewish woman, who was asked by one of her students if she was “Team Israel” or “Team Palestinian.” In what was truly a teachable moment, the teacher replied, “I’m Team Humanity.”

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