The above handshake is a historic one. The lady in green is , of course, Queen Elizabeth II. And the gentleman she is shaking hands with is Martin McGuinness, a former commander of the Irish Republican Army. It shows how far the English and Irish have come toward reconciling their differences, since such a handshake would have been unthinkable just a few years ago (by both sides).
But I think there is a bigger lesson here that all of us need to learn -- that it is possible to treat our fellow humans with respect and dignity even when we disagree with their beliefs and/or actions. We are all human beings, and we need to learn how to all live together in peace on this tiny planet.
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