An editorial in the U. newspaper yesterday was written about a speech by Amartya Sen. He talked about the importance of embracing all of our identities. Exclusion and hostility result when we see ourselves (and others) only as red or blue, gay or straight, member or non-member, etc. Obviously we all have differences, even among close relationships. We don’t need to eliminate our identities, but we do need to recognize that we and others are more than a single label, and if we thought about it for a few minutes, we’d probably find significant things in common with almost everybody. I guess I’ll try this out next time someone cuts me off on the freeway by thinking, “hey, maybe we both like pizza.” That sounds sarcastic I guess but my point is that we can all do better to relate in positive ways to each other. With so many identity/aggression fueled problems in the world, we have a responsibility to practice peace on an individual level.