We can attest to the damage that political polarization causes but, unfortunately, we cannot serve as a beacon for other nations searching for a solution to that particular, and close to universal, problem.
And when societies are as polarized as Venezuela’s, the only escape from that ever more-threatening situation is through compelling the extremes to engage in a search for consensus on those things that can help bring the nation back together. It’s an endeavor we can all participate in and help along by toning down our own discourse.
It is easier said than done, but we, and they, must begin by exercising muscles we have allowed to become lax: the muscles of dialogue, tolerance, listening to and accepting the opinions and aspirations of others.
José Manuel Pallì, Coral Gables