Scott Brockman
Scott Brockman

Thrown stones or Stepping Stones.

Thoughts while reading countless Facebook posts and blog entries from my desk in Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam today. 

Everyone knows there are issues of incitement. We all know there are people who hold maximalist ideas. We all know leaders use holy books as elixirs for death instead of life. We can all hear “from the river to the sea” and “you can’t occupy land that is yours”.

It’s so damn easy and reflexive to post and share outrages from any point of view …damn easy. What about a flipping the script?

It’s time to really make a serious effort to elevate the voices of those who cooperate, those who have given up violence and victimhood and those who seek to live with each other. I don’t know of any other issue in our lives where we think changes and growth can occur if we just focus on thrown stones instead of stepping stones. Words, stories and people that are now moving us towards our own ideals and championing our values should be the subjects of more frequent headlines. More posts that seek to repair the breach not pull on fragile threads. Time to cross a River Jordan and stop cannonballing into a River Styx.

About the Author
Scott is the Executive Director for the American Friends of Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam. During his 25 years as a Jewish communal professional and leader he has always been driven by a passion to repair our broken world and pursue peace. Scott lives in Florida and has worked and lived in Israel.