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Thank you for sharing your thoughts, baring your soul.

A year after 9/11, I boarded a flight from Muscat, Oman to
Doha, Qatar.  I was the only Westerner on
the plane.  The curious looks that bordered
on suspicion were directed at me—because of my ethnicity.  That day I learned the sting of xenophobia, and
garnered a new appreciation for its inherent unfairness.

When we are able to distance ourselves from each other, we
are able to treat others as sub-human.  The
sad irony is that when we are consumed by such a frame of mind, we forfeit our own