The Leftern Wall

Guest writer and photographer: Hannah Stonebraker 

One must recognize they too are people.

Photography by Hannah Stonebreaker

(This may seem simple. This may seem obvious. I wish, these days, all days, it was.)

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They too are people. (Not animals. Not enemies, Not primitives. People.) Whomever you consider your other, whomever you consider to be your intellectual, ideological, religious, territorial enemy – they too are people.

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They too have mothers and sons and daughters and wives and friends.

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They too love and hate and give and take.

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They too believe what they believe for reasons both known and unknown both to themselves and to others.

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They too believe things with which I both agree and disagree – intellectually, emotionally, painfully, ideologically.

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But hard as it may be – I shall try to listen.

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Listen to these reasons, listen to their beliefs, listen to their pain and ideology and fear.

An overwhelming amount of fear.

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For what…

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