My Developing World teacher brought this article to our attention a while ago. It's a "This I Believe" article. Pretty interesting. I really like his closing remarks, I think everyone can learn a bit from it... I know I sure can.
You can find the full article here.
"I have long believed that it is unnecessary to understand others, individuals, or nationalities; one must, at the very least, simply tolerate others. Tolerance can lead to respect and, finally, to love. No one can ever really understand anyone else, but you can love them or at least accept them.
Like Tom Paine, I am a world citizen. All human history is mine. My roots cover the earth.
I believe we should know each other. After all, our lives are all connected."