Countries arm forces and intensify the problem by killing and wounding civilians. Recent events have shocked me to the core. Local peace authorities claim they informed the rival side about the location of safe areas for civilians to shelter, and those areas were bombed, killing innocent victims. I hate war.
But warfare is an escalation of mankind's basic drive to live the way they choose without interference, never considering their neighbor might be harmed by that action.
The family consist of 40 year-old parents and two teenage boys who seem harmless on the surface. They're certainly not tough or unmannerly. They're skinny young men with neat haircuts and clean clothing. They cease swearing abruptly when they spot me close by. At the ages of about 15 & 17, they could be swayed either way, depending on where they end up.
Their eviction comes after repeated complaints from the neighbor living directly beneath them. At all hours of the night, they shout abuse, drink, swear, bang their own doors on purpose and slam the communal front door before yelling outside our windows.
And yet, I hear very little of this. When I lay me down to rest, I sleep. My first husband used to say it was because I have a clear conscience, but I think I'm just one of the lucky few who sleep well. I never worry over problems, and tend to accept what life throws my way. Any time I met the neighbors, they were polite and approachable.
You and I can't influence world events. However, we can have a say in what happens in our own part of the world.
How do you get along with your neighbor?