Promises and visions, and their damage

November 12, 2017 ()

World War I ended on November 11, 1918; ninety-nine years ago yesterday. We are still coping with promises made and visions dreamed during and after that war, promises and visions which, while beautiful and of good intent, have led to great suffering. The intersections of nationalism, of ethnicity and religion, of territory are still unsettling eastern Europe and the Middle East. Whence cometh hope? And which of our personal well-intentioned promises do harm?

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