I strumbled across "Israel and Iran: A love Story?" right before Christmas. While it doesn't take much for me to get my cry face on (heartwarming tale of human/animal reunion? Cry! Cat poops in shower? Cry! Run out of milk? Cry! You get the picture), this Ted talk hit me hard. I did manage somewhat successfully to stifle sobs in front of my in-laws, but then felt cheated of the catharsis that was rightfully mine, so I watched it later in private. WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Shit is that good. From the Ted website:
When war between Israel and Iran seemed imminent, Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry shared a poster on Facebook of himself and his daughter with a bold message: "Iranians ... we [heart] you." Other Israelis quickly created their own posters with the same message -- and Iranians responded in kind. The simple act of communication inspired surprising Facebook communities like "Israel loves Iran," "Iran loves Israel" and even "Palestine loves Israel."
Ronny Edry of Israel accidentally created an online movement for peace in the Middle East when he posted a Facebook image that declared "Iranians, we will never bomb your country."
The image became a catalyst for dialogue between the people of two nations on the brink of war.
Love: it's that simple and that complicated.