As the news of bombs falling on both sides of the Israeli-Lebanese border intensifies, a ray of hope shines through in—of all places—the blogosphere. It’s not all that surprising, I guess, because blogging is really about dialogue, and dialogue, many of us believe, is the ultimate oil in the cranky human-experience machine.
This article in the Wall Street Journal tells the story about bloggers on both sides of the geographical and political divide in the Mid-East conflict who continue to communicate with each other as the bombs literally fall around them:
“The Lebanese blogger,” the article says, “who runs the Lebanese Political Journal blog, won’t disclose his identity because he believes his online chats with Israelis could be considered an act of disloyalty. He says in an email: ‘Chatting with Israelis from Lebanon during war is very awkward.’ But, he says, ‘One remembers that we are still humans regardless of where the borders lie.’”
I think I’m going to paint that on my office wall: “We are still humans regardless of where the borders lie.” Or maybe tattoo it to my forehead.
(By the way, I found this story through the Tom Peters Wire Service, which is an indispensable resource. Shelley Dolley, working behind the scenes over at my Alma Mater, The Tom Peters Company has done a remarkable job with it…)