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Planting hope

As a student of war and peace, I believe there is always common ground, a starting point, no matter how vastly different the sides are. The reason is we are all human and relatively predictable.

Perhaps a good illustration of this is in Ethiopia where recently its citizens have reportedly planted 350 million trees in one day. Like any nation, Ethiopia isn't without its troubles and differences but the prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has somehow managed to unite people together in this simple initiative. From many accounts, the heavily advertised tree-planting effort has given Ethiopians hope.

The news seems to focus on the environmental benefits but I also see the social benefits.

I never underestimate acts of kindness throughout the day. As a genius of love, you would want to plant them anywhere you go each and every day. It might not take root everywhere but the ones that do will be the ones that matter.

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