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seventh grade wisdom

March 19, 2010

Extending olive branches can be tricky business. There’s the risk, of course, of getting the extended hand lopped off. But I’m reminded of a story I heard about a seventh grader who made an observation about the film The Train. At the end of the movie  the adversaries were in a moment of face-to-face, and the “hero” shot the “villain.” During a discussion after the movie the question was posed, “Should he have shot him?” The seventh grader said, “No.” When asked why he responded, “Well, now they can never be reconciled.”

While there is a risk of losing one’s hand, the greater risk is to never be able to be reconciled.

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