During the world economic forum at Davos, winner of the Nobel Prize for
Peace, Shimon Peres, told the following story.
A rabbi gathered his students and asked them: How do we know the exact
moment when night ends and day begins?
‘When it is light enough to tell a sheep from a dog’ said one
Another student said: ‘No, when it is light enough to tell an olive tree
from a fig tree’
‘No, that is not a good definition either’.’
‘Well, what’s the right answer?’ asked the boys.
And the Rabbi said:
‘When a stranger approaches, and we think he is our brother, and all
conflict disappear, that is the moment when night ends and day begins.’
I quote the above from Paulo Coelho‘s book, ‘Like a flowing River’, and I ask myself how long would it take for the day to begin? When are we going to see the humanity in both the strangers and brother?
Would it be ‘betrayal’ highlighting the words of a leader of a nation that we call enemy? or is it wise to start looking into their human side and connect with it so that to elevate both of us to the nature of humanity in us that is longing for a normal life of love and peace?