The day the wall came down

Berlin%20Wall%20Freedom

The world changed as a symbol of hate—the Berlin Wall—fell 25 years ago, on the night of Nov. 9, 1989. The German people tore it down in pieces.

It was an irrepressible and unstoppable act of people power that unified Germany and eventually led to the end of Soviet communism and the Cold War,. The fall of the wall is still inspiring two and a half decades on.

Now there are other walls – real and metaphorical – that need to fall.

As the experience in Berlin 25 years ago shows, walls of hate, however daunting, can’t last forever.

“No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD.

Advertisements

14 thoughts on “The day the wall came down

    • So how do I break the one between the Sunni and the Shiite in my workplace. They know they can’t have a religious fight on the premises, so they simply don’t talk to each other. Every time they need something from the other, they need to go through a third person to get it.

      Like

      • they know they can’t have a religious fight on the premises

        You come across as an intolerant person sometimes. So if a Sunni and a Shia meet each other they just go at each other like a pack of dogs ? I used to go to dinner with the Shia near where I lived in NT. Helped them out with their computer problems just as good neighbours do. God help us if you are suppose to be involved in a think tank.

        Like

      • These ones do Dom. And you still haven’t answered my question. How do I get these two to communicate with each other? You want tolerance? It is a legitimate question. Answer it.

        Like

      • We’ve tried that, but the differences that divide them seem to be more important than what they have in common. As the situation stands my employer is seeking advice from the EEO tribunal in order to dismiss them both.

        Any suggestions? Or do I have to contact Dr Hassan and get the Coptic Christian take on what he thinks we should do?

        Like

      • “So how do I break the one between the Sunni and the Shiite in my workplace. ”

        Why is it up to you ?

        Like

      • Davinci, being a role-model for them, demonstrating your own tolerance and harmony with others, would be a good start. Can you do that?

        I like Dom’s advice, too. And sometimes it’s a good idea to “Let go and let God” handle it.

        You could also pray, of course!

        Like

      • I have to contact Dr Hassan and get the Coptic Christian take on what he thinks we should do

        Now I know why you are failing.

        Like

      • Wrong answer Dom. But it does show how the Islamic community tends to avoid addressing issues that affect the rest of us.

        The answer that Dr Hassan has given me is that the conflicts between Sunnis and Shiites can be addressed overnight if they would read and follow the Koran without interpreting it through the lenses of the various hadiths.

        Which is similar to what I am saying between conflict of Christian with Christian. If people would read their Bible without letting the prejudices of the clergy cloud their judgment, a lot of the problems would disappear.

        You might still have conflicts with unbelievers, but the sectarian violence would cease overnight.

        Like

      • Bubba Ray,

        Why is it up to me? Because I am a team leader. Because this conflict is disruptive to my team work, as well as other teams in my workplace. Because my beliefs about religious liberty does not include dismissing people willy nilly because of religious activities, unless they have done something that gives us no other alternative. Because it is my responsibility to explore all alternatives before using dismissal.

        Like

      • Dom,

        How dare you make a statement like the one below?

        “So if a Sunni and a Shia meet each other they just go at each other like a pack of dogs ?”

        I never made the comment that Sunni and Shia go at each other like a pack of dogs in general terms. This is a specific case that I am referring to.

        Can you see how comments like the one you make, give Muslims a bad name in our Western Society? Can you see why the rabid right tends to demonise muslims when Islam skirts around issues and blow things right out of proportions?

        How can we break down the walls of partitions when one side deliberately misinterprets other people’s words, when they refuse to sit down and talk things through, and blow things out of proportions?

        Like

      • So now the Islamic community is avoiding addressing issues because you have a couple of guys in your work place that have a disagreement and I am not interested in helping you because of your attitude ?

        If you are a team leader then do what you are qualified to do and lead.

        Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s