Hating and liking.
For example Iran, led by dictators and extremists, is perhaps the epitome of the "Axis of Evil" and the arch enemy of America and Israel
Iran suppresses the freedom and human rights of its people, is the leading sponsor of world terrorism, denies the Holocaust, and threatens brutal attacks on America and to annihilate Israel.
Yet, on a personal level I have had the opportunity to meet a number of Iranians that I really like and respect.
These include amazing colleagues at work, and wonderful members of my synagogue as well as neighbors.
One Iranian family I met just this morning was simply amazing.
The father had a horrible stroke earlier in the year.
Today, I saw the father wheeled to the swimming pool by his son.
The son took his father lovingly into the water and worked with him therapeutically to help him on regaining as much mobility as possible.
I stopped to speak with them, and the man's wife told me that the son, who was a PhD in mechanical engineering from Texas came every week to Washington, D.C. to work with his stricken father.
The son told me that although he was not a therapist worked hard with his father on physical and occupational therapy, and I even saw his father laugh a little with his son in the water.
The son held the father by a safety belt and his father put his hand on his son's shoulder as they walked forward and backwards in the water, and even did a little swim while his son held the belt tight.
I was really impressed by this family and especially the love, caring, and devotion the son showed his father.
Despite their troubles, the wife asked me how I was recuperating and smiled when I told her I was doing better.
It's amazing to me how hate truly is blind.
On one hand, what Iran stands for today led by extremists who seek religious domination, suppression and destruction of others, and a return of the Caliphate is a danger to its people and the world.
On the other hand, many of the people from the streets of Iran are surely some very good people.
We need to see the bad apples and separate them from the good ones.
As a country, we need to support the freedom of the Iranian people and help those that believe in peace and fellowship.
When evil is in a leadership position, then good does not follow, but rather is smothered until it is set free. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)