Our survival instincts say one thing (Take sides! Fight back! It's us against them!) Our better instincts say another (We're in this together! United we stand!). What does it take to turn "them" into "us?"

It took a crisis for me to recognize how quickly, how consistently and deliberately, I threw up the screen that shielded me from "them"—the suffering, the poor, the unlucky, the unchic, the unheard of, the unfit the unfunny...until the night of [the 9/11] TV newscast, when I found "them" in myself. Now I see "us" everywhere, often unexpectedly, always gratefully.
—Valerie Monroe 

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