You can spend your allowance to build walls separating the diversity or you can build bridges celebrating the commonality. President Obama chooses the latter.
Like Plato said, “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
I say, hug your brother, no matter what. Offer him thanks and forgiveness, because he is yours and you are his. If you can’t do that, at least invite him to dinner any day of the week without fear of reprisals.
And pass the cranberries.
Willie Kiernan is a past editor of the Cazenovia Republican and a contributing columnist. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.