Interesting all the poisonous talk--the rabbis of the Talmud tell us that while Ahab ruled the Kingdom of Israel, one, they never lost a battle, and never had any causalties. For the record Ahab was not a very virtuous king, but throughout his rule no one spoke ill of their neighbor--yes Virginia, they were united and were rewarded for holding their tongues by victories. Okay, the time came and . . . , but you get the gist of the Rabbis' homily. King David, who was a religious man, and the people who lived in the Kingdom were also religious, but they weren't as careful about how they spoke to each other--they experienced losses, even some heavy losses on the battlefield. Interesting how it works. Unity, even when people are not "very religious" is rewarded by success while following the rules, or so it seems is not enough. You have to look for the good things in the people that irk you, to hold your tongue and accept them even if . . . you violently disagree with them.
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