When we are face-to-face with the enemy, we see only the enemy’s face. It is easy to forget the people standing by us, behind us, because we are consumed by the rage of war and the aggression of the act to follow.
Post-war, bruised and wounded, in our camp, we are now face-to-face with the same people who stood by us, behind us. The aggression still just simmering, it is easy to let out the rage on the people who once stood by us, behind us, who now stand in front of us. It just so happens that the people who once stood by and behind you are treated as the enemy.
Not that this is how we all behave – it is perhaps just how we experience the physical nature of our world. We confront what stands in front.
When Antoine de Saint-Exupery said, “Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward in the same direction,” it wasn’t just about love – it was about many other things in life.
Stand by me.