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Why is there war?

It was my first day at school. I felt nervous and scared. I went to all my classes with no friends. It felt like no one cared.

I listened anxiously to all the lessons and waited for lunchbreak at one. Then finally the bell rang. It was time to talk and have fun.

In the lunchline I met a new friend who wore a hijab on her head, and though I am Jewish, we got along fine, and I was so relieved when she said, “Sit with us, at our table.” She pointed to the one next to the door.

So I agreed, and took my tray and was about to walk with her across the floor, when suddenly I felt a nudge. “Hey, I saw you on the bus,” said a tall girl in a long skirt. “I see your Jewish star necklace. You should sit with us.”

At that moment I looked around, and that’s when I noticed, to my surprise, The nations of the world, isolating themselves. That’s what I saw through my own eyes.

The Spanish only sat with Spanish, the Hindus only with Hindus, The Russians always with the Russians, and never the Arabs with the Jews.

I saw the reason why war gets started. Everyone sticks to their own kind. The lunchroom was a map of the world. Why was everyone so blind?

And so I turned down this girl, and went with the first, and there was no enmity. I built a bridge between two worlds when I sat with those different from me. Hope you will do the same.

By Sharon Fleischer
Submitted by Nikhita
Sharon wrote this when she was 16 and in the 11th grade.
Her goal is to become an international diplomat and peace-maker.

{ 12 comments… add one }
  • Daniela April 6, 2014, 1:23 pm

    A really inspiring story… Come on… accept and show respect for each other’s religions, races, customs. Surely, it will give you the key to peace in the world. Let’s start now. Let’s share our different ideas and follow this student’s example. Thanks a lot 🙂

  • Camilia December 28, 2013, 2:15 pm

    Wonderful, I know now the reason of war between races and nations, not just between arabs and jews. God bless…

  • Precious Defiño December 9, 2013, 12:48 am

    This is a wonderful story.. I wish that some people won’t discriminate others because of their race, or start wars for no reason at all. Thank you for this inspiring composition.

  • Marie July 18, 2013, 11:09 pm

    Nice story, if we follow what Sharon did we will live in a peaceful world.

  • Sara January 10, 2013, 8:34 am

    Nice story, I was fascinated by your inspiring story.

    Just I enjoyed, THANKS a lot 🙂

  • Pooja Sharma January 5, 2013, 10:29 am

    I am a Hindu, my name is Pooja. For sure I will do the same as you did because for me I am a human being…..love this story….

  • Esther December 8, 2012, 9:39 am

    How I wish people would think and act like you, great story!!!

  • Aayesha.M December 7, 2012, 12:13 am

    There should be equality with us when a small student can do that why can’t we do, at least try to do like this student.

    We are God’s creation there is no different between Arabs or Hindus or Jews.

  • Nelson December 6, 2012, 8:47 pm

    In addition there’s no winners in war. Both sides are losers. War is in everywhere, it has different forms. Let us open our eyes and let wisdom enters our mind and love enters our hearts to see and get rid of it and live happily.

  • Nelson December 6, 2012, 8:43 pm

    Let us love one another. Break the walls that blocks everyone in peace. As a human it is our privileged to live in peace. I pray all the nations, all the people of this world will be united and live peacefully with open hearts, open doors and open minds. Nice story hope many people read this article.

  • Mosopefoluwa December 6, 2012, 8:39 am

    Let’s live in peace, love all regardless of religion. Say no to Boko Haram, Nigerians.

  • Joan December 6, 2012, 8:33 am

    Little drops of water make an ocean they say. I guess when we start little by little like Sharon there will be no wars.
    Nice story.

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