Today's gospel includes the famous verse:
Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste.
Abraham Lincoln once said,
Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.
We seem to live in a time when comprise is viewed not as a virtue but a weakness.
The word in its most basic form meant a promise made together. It represented a settlement by mutual agreement each party giving something for a goal bigger than their own interest.
How can we have a civil society if we abandon this most basic tool for living together?