That Dilbert Guy Is Some Kind of Genius

No, seriously, this guy has some good ideas:

"What I’d like to see is a pen pal web site designed to end war. The idea would be to connect citizens in different countries at such a high rate it would be politically impossible for the two countries to start a war.

You might support your government in a war against a country full of people you don’t know. But would you support a war that has a good chance of killing your e-mail friend Phlubanakawahaha and his entire family? There is some theoretical level of citizen-to-citizen contact that makes war between two countries virtually impossible."

The first stage of war is always dehumanizing the opponent - huns, Japs, krauts, cyborgs - and obviously it's easier to kill someone if you don't know them or even think they are human.

The downside of this is that the more you get to know someone, the more chances there are for you to not like them. Why judge someone based on their nationality, religion or skin colour when if you take the time to really get to know them, you can find some many other reasons to hate them.

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