Getting to Know Each Other – with Modern Technology – by Heidi Hornlein

Technology is advancing quickly, solving many problems, creating new ones - and allowing us humans to get to know each other across our national and even continental borders. After Skype and Google Hangouts there is a new technology available which has the potential to make friends between complete strangers by direct interaction. It is ancient wisdom that fear is nurtured by ignorance, by telling ourselves stories about people and things which lack a reality check. Humans can kill other humans only when they don’t see them as equal to themselves, when they believe them to be in a certain way which seems to give them permission to treat them however they want. The very best antidote is getting to know your enemy - so they can become humans like yourself and even friends. Countries like France and Germany introduced an exchange project for students after WWII to bridge the gap and make sure that they wouldn’t go [...]