I will not condone behaviors like war, violence, rape, or cruelty. I will fight against them any way I can. But I will not condemn the way groups of people think, even if it is radically different from the way I think. They are as entitled to their beliefs as I am to mine.
I can be angry with and disappointed in individuals. I can choose not to engage with them or make them part of my life. But I will try, to the best of my ability, not to add to the polarization on our planet by verbally vilifying groups that are not mine. A terrorist to some is a freedom fighter to others. I will try to understand.
I will obey the request of my heart.
Judith Fein is an award-winning travel journalist and editor and the author of Life is a Trip: The Transformative Magic of Travel.
Read the whole story here: Judie Fein: Pledge of Peace.