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Submitted from Students Worldwide

February 5, 2017

MILTON GRANT VIA UN PHOTO

When the Obamas first stepped in Cuba in March of 2016, they signaled the historic reconciliation between two countries — and two ideologies — hitherto considered unrelenting opposites. However, that gesture was but a small island of unity in a seething ocean of intolerance. About a month later, anti-Muslim feelings peaked in Europe when terrorist attacks killed 31 people in Brussels. In June, the United Kingdom turned its back to integration and voted to leave the European Union. To cap off the year, Colombians showed how divided their country is by rejecting the FARC Peace Accords in an almost evenly split referendum.

All these events, albeit different in nature, illustrate how polarization is alarmingly shaping the early history of the 21st century. We live in a time when comprehension, debate, and cooperation are often regarded as superfluous. As society has progressively loses the ability to maintain conscientious  dialogue and continually fails to empathi...

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