With the world that we live in today, there are so many people that hate each other and want nothing good for one another. How can a person hate another person so much? I guess there are a lot of reasons that these people use to excuse their treatment of each other, but when it comes down to it, there is no excuse at all for why people get treated so harshly sometimes.

One clear reason for a lot of the bad treatment and hatred people get is caused because of racism. We might like to think that our country has been able to move past this issue and it’s in the past. That is true for some people, but for others, racism is very much alive and well in their hearts. I fear that people with this kind of attitude towards others will never be able to fully learn and love all people regardless of their skin color. I guess we can’t give up hope but in the meantime, I don’t want to associate myself with someone like that.
Let’s focus for a minute on the people in the Middle East. These people have been at war with each other for years.

Families on both sides have lost loved one and blame the other side for what has happened that is causing them so much pain. It is refreshing to see talented writers and filmmakers try to document what life is truly like for people on both sides of the issue. There is a recent film called, “The Lemon Tree” that shows more about the personal struggles of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Directed by Eran Riklis and co-produced by his cousin Ira Riklis, it is about a Palestinian woman’s fight to keep her lemon trees while others in government are trying to control it because they fear the trees can be used against them for people to sneak through and climb the fence to the Israeli Prime Minister. The woman fights to save her trees from being cut down. This is actually based on a true story.

No one person is any more important than another person just because of their race, religion, wealth, beauty or anything. To live with this type of mentality is a terrible thing and it needs to stop. We can’t try to control others or strip them of their rights. Everyone in the world needs to realize that we are all the same.

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