Beyond Polarization

Polarities have become an inherent part of our world. Opposing views, conflicting ideologies, and divisive rhetoric bombard us. We often feel pressured to pick a side, to join one group or another.

When I speak with Palestinians and Israeli peace activists, many express their despair. The crisis seems never-ending. For some, it is harder to engage or even discuss peace activism right now. The focus is on survival. Peace activism can only come once the violence stops. As peace activists, they feel caught in the middle, refusing to choose a side. They are the targets and do not see a way out at the moment.

But what if there is a different way? What if we can move beyond polarization and find a path toward unity and understanding? What if this path is peace activation from within?