Why “Welcome” as a mural theme to celebrate diversity?


Check out this video where William Ury, anthropologist and acclaimed author of Getting to Yes, proposes hospitality as the antidote to bigotry and conflict.

He frames his talk with a great story from the Middle East:

Well, the subject of difficult negotiation reminds me of one of my favorite stories from the Middle East, of a man who left to his three sons 17 camels. And to the first son, he left half the camels; to the second son, he left a third of the camels; and to the youngest son, he left a ninth of the camels. Well three sons got into a negotiation. 17 doesn’t divide by two. It doesn’t divide by three. It doesn’t divide by nine. Brotherly tempers started to get strained. Finally, in desperation, they went and they consulted a wise old woman. The wise old woman thought about their problem for a long time, and finally she came back and said, “Well, I don’t know if I can help you, but at least, if you want, you can have my camel.” So then they had 18 camels. The first son took his half — half of 18 is nine. The second son took his third — a third of 18 is six. The youngest son took his ninth — a ninth of 18 is two. You get 17. They had one camel left over. They gave it back to the wise old woman.

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PS 102 is a public elementary school in Brooklyn, New York, with 1,200 students in grades K-5. In 2011, our school administration, parents, students, faculty, and local artists and volunteers collaborated on a public art mural to celebrate our school's extraordinary diversity. Visit us online at http://ps102.org. View all posts by ps102mural

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