There was much wisdom in the Aug. 31 Point of View “ May we always have angst.” Our psychological makeup, as stated in the article, dictates that angst generates a flight-fight syndrome that is essential for survival, paralyzing sadness as a response for civilized people who still kill each other for land or for political or religious philosophy.
Hamas and Israeli right-wing extremists are dead wrong when they think of the enemy as “any living being on the other side of the border.” It negates any sense of feeling for human life and slows any attempts to live peaceably.
The war in Israel and Gaza is a sad one and unfortunately may endure for sometime. The fact that the moderates on both sides of the border hope someday to make a place for their children and themselves is admirable and a motivating force.
However, there is an abundance of extremists who have no regard for human life and rather see life as one of conquest and greed. These are the central players in this play. Until these people can be put at bay, and the right-minded moderates become the central players, the problem will continue to exist, possibly long past my lifetime.