Average citizens on each side – Israeli and Palestinian – often abstain from vocalizing their moderate views because they fear that the other side lacks a contingent of moderates. While moderates are out there, they feel powerless and partnerless. We give people the opportunity to raise their voices, neutralize violent absolutist viewpoints, and seize back the agenda for conflict resolution. It is important to note that while addressing the phenomenon of extremism, we are not ignorant of the roots of the conflict, or the policies and the facts on the ground.
I believe that Israel still contains a critical mass of people, both left-wing and right-wing, religious and secular, Jews and Arabs, who are capable of uniting — with sobriety, with no illusions — around a few points of agreement to resolve the conflict with our neighbors.
No, honestly, here’s the thing about Tami Taylor: I want to be her when I grow up. It’s her moments that add up to an enviable whole, the brief interactions she has with students, and how she listens and hears and imparts small pieces of wisdom with no judgement, without any way of knowing if it does any good.
She says as much to her husband at one point, albeit about parenting, but the spirit of it is the same: “The truth is we don’t have any control. You know, for the most part we’re just winging it. And you know, I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to do in this situation.” I know I’ve felt that way so many times; it resonates.
At one point, she tells Street that there’s no weakness in forgiveness. Weeks later, many episodes later, Street repeats those same exact words back to Lyla. And damned if that doesn’t resonate for me too—because so many times we, as educators, impart the wisdom we’ve learned through our own experiences and have zero clue if those words will mean as much to someone else.
Because isn’t that just truth: we never know when the words we share will mean something. Sometimes you’ll hear back that they did. But many times (most times?) you’ll never know and the knowing really doesn’t matter. But words? They will always matter. They will always have the power to stick to hearts and minds, even without your knowledge. So remember that, and keep trying, keep sharing.
[Something about a tree falling in the forest…]
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The vast increase in literacy in Modern Standard Arabic in this generation over previous ones allowed the millennials to communicate beyond the small groups that use their dialect. Literacy also bestowed on them the confidence to challenge their elders, born in part of a realization that they possessed competencies their parents and grandparents did not. Sometimes these skills gave women advantages, including on the Internet.
my northwestern email address and 84 different username/password combinations for all of the school’s websites.