Take the incarceration without rights of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. Fear is the only justification, fear of what they might do if given their freedom. This fear is palpable and people everywhere understand it as they have the same trepidations. Fear was the popular confection that guided the “good twins” as it did the “evil twins,” and fear is always the province of the unknown or the unknowable.
By the accident of our birth and circumstance, ethnicity and gender we are who we are. We are blessed to live in a free society, so how can we explain being a nation that is overweight, undereducated, unsophisticated, grasping for straws while waving the American flag as if that changes everything? These are some things that come to mind to recognize this faultline and to mount an effort to live in peace with others: