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Start small to bridge the political divide

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  • Writer: Jacob Hogan
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Amid the deep polarisation which has gripped society, it seems almost impossible to picture a future where both sides are willing to play by the same rules. Already, suggestions for “reconciliation” and “compromise” are being dismissed on the feeling that divisions in society and between the political parties seem too deeply ingrained to overcome. 

A protester stands in front of a Thai national flag amid political stalemate. As rival parties refuse to back down in their power games, starting small on common grounds that benefit small people can pave way for future political compromise. AP/Sakchai Lalit

Eventually though, all sides of the conflict will have to realise that compromise is the only way to achieve peace, security and prosperity. A reconciliation process doesn’t need to start with a fully formed vision of an ideal, harmonious future. Instead it should be seen as a creating a shared commitment to a long-term process.

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