Someone sent around photos the other day of a female tiger that was nursing a bunch of piglets that were dressed up as baby tigers. And at the end of the email, it said, "Why can't the rest of us get along?"
The email had been sent out to lots of people, and one woman replied, and I thought it was a great response. Here's what she said:
Well, since you asked, the rest of the world can't get along because there are people like the Islamists, who think God wants them to kill anyone who doesn't believe the way they do. As long as there are people (usually men) who are so damn sure they know the will of God that they are willing to create hell on earth to achieve heaven after death, well, there will never be any peace on Earth except when the good guys hold enough power to stop them.
In short, you can't get along with people who don't want to get along with you.
Happy Veterans Day... and I'm thankful for every damn one of them!
It is easy for almost everyone to get along with almost everyone. But all you need is a few who aren't interested in getting along, and you've got a situation to deal with. And it seems likely, given how many people are on the planet and how many kinds of people there are, that there will always be at least some people who will not get along. It's a bummer, but it would be hard to argue with the truth of it.
The best we can do is cooperate with the cooperators and limit the influence of the non-cooperators as much as we can.