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The Miracle We Need

" Children’s Peace Monument " ( CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ) by  throgers As I watch the ongoing footage of the aggression in the Middle East I become more indescribably sad each day. I feel riddled with guilt and shame. I'm overwhelmed by the stark absence of compassion and empathy for fellow humans. That this conflict and all others like it occur at all is a horrifying indictment of humanity. I can't let myself believe that some wake up and just decide to indiscriminately eliminate other human beings. I can't. Furthermore, I don't believe that any single act or occurrence justifies conditions that lead to drastically consequential and catastrophic retaliatory aggression. Two wrongs do not make a right. Do the conflicting sides of this, and any other conflict like it, at the very least commonly understand the rules of engagement? Are all parties fighting for mutually understood goals? Is it political? Is it religious? Is it territorial? Perhaps it's just all about h

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