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A fine thread

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 11 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b341

Romeo and Juliet

To varying degrees, every mixed marriage is a potential Romeo and Juliet with
feuding families. How can we avoid such a tragic outcome? How can different
races, ethnicities, nationalities, and languages live in peace and harmony? First,
we must advance beyond the tired, passive shibboleths of diversity and
tolerance, by actively befriending those who are different from us. Second, we
must free ourselves of negative stereotypes and recognize that feuds are “much
ado about nothing.” Otherwise, our world will not survive.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 April 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA