Meditations on Route 1

Driving along Route 1 in California it became clear to me that it is simply impossible to explain to Americans the conflict in the Middle East. Their perception of time and space simply cannot register a conflict fought over seven kilometers here, eight there. Yes, there are plenty of other factors, but when it comes down to it, it is very easy for someone who grew up in this spacious country to think that land-for-peace is a simple option.
The limitation of spacial perception are like the limitation of different languages–if we ever would like the conflict to be clearer to Americans, we need to do a better job translating.

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