On the one hand there are those who, given the opportunity, would kill us without any thought of our individuality. “American” or “United States” or “Christian” is sufficient reason for them.
But on the other hand are those such as Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Llama who show us that we are all connected and far more the same than we are different.
These two images, taken within two blocks of each other in Brazil in 2013, exemplify the contradiction.
It is not a simple matter of choosing which of these viewpoints to believe because they are both real, both there for us to encounter, both simply different facets of the one world in which we live.
One approach is to strive for a world like the latter while accepting that we live in a world of the former, and doing what we can to transform one into the other.