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I see that the same, ever-present problem is vividly illustrated yet again, much as has been the case throughout decades of such incidents in times gone by.

There are just too many narratives in place, all of which are totally unable to blend into a single, harmonious story. With so many fingers still in the pie, the agendas at hand can do nothing but compete indefinitely, never once considering what could be the many and distinct advantages flowing from a common frame of reference.

Jews, Muslims, Christians are, each and every one, members of the three monotheistic religions, belief systems wherein the principle of ‘doing unto others as you would wish others to do unto you’ is of paramount importance. But the nature of human beings and the circumstances in which we find ourselves are such that strict adherence to this precept is often hard to maintain. All too frequently, it is found almost impossible to do so.

Then why not make it that much easier all round? The results could be quite surprising . Indeed, they might even become mildly entertaining to those possessed of a somewhat dry sense of humour.

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