ear, sadness and anger reached record levels globally – and that was before the pandemic. (Gallup)

There’s also been an alarming rise in tribalism—on both sides of the political spectrum. When people feel ignored by those in power, they retreat to their own camps and develop a deep mistrust and fear of ‘the other.’

This ‘Us Versus Them’ dynamic is most acute in the world of politics and had led to a hyperpolarization that is dangerous and debilitating.

If we are to strengthen our sense of being part of a global, interconnected human race, where what binds us together is stronger than what separates us, we must learn to respect and appreciate people who are different from us.

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