7th February 2016

Yesterday we had lunch at the lovely home of two French friends.We meet at each other homes every few months to enjoy a meal but, above all, to discuss just about everything that's happening in the world. Although my French is sketchy at times, and their English is the same, we learn about things from an alternative perspective.  History books paint a very different picture when viewed from another country. People fight each other because of their differences, e.g. Syria, Africa and Asia.  Our host told us a story where two groups of similar people were given hats to wear, half had black, the others yellow, and lived together in an enclosed place for a length of time. What happened? You've guessed it. After a while the black hats were fighting the yellow!  By fighting those who seem different, a group feel more of a 'family' and so more secure. Go to any local football match and see.  So what's the answer? Wait until threatening aliens arrive so that all on Earth join as one 'family' fighting the invaders? No. Have stimulating discussions now with those who are 'different', meet for lunch, learn their language and above all learn to respect others. Bon appetit et bon conversation

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