Saturday, November 06, 2004

There are people who are bridge-builders by nature and people who are bridge-burners by nature. Most people could go either way, depending on the situation. When the bridge-burners dominate and the bridge-builders fail to put their energy into building bridges, everything falls apart. When moderate Muslims and moderate Christians fail to build bridges across the culture gap, the burners throw everything out of balance.

It's everyone's problem, and it's everyone's fault. The magnetism of millions of people acting in synchronicity is unstoppable, and it only works if people participate. If peace-loving people fail to apply themselves to building a sane future, if they fail to bridge cultural divides, there is nothing to stop the firestarters from lighting matches.

-Michael Christopher