Nowadays, if a person desires, one can communicate with people located nearly anywhere in the world (granted they have access to the internet).
Governments promote nationalism. If this is news to you, I have a bridge that I'd like to sell you.
As communication becomes more efficient, it becomes more difficult to convince people that "all Americans are bad" or "all Chinese are bad" or "all Iranians are bad."
In my experience with people, which is likely broader than most, I have rarely met anyone that I couldn't get along with. And, I don't shy away from talking about difficult subjects such as religion or other cultural differences. For instance, I ask them how they think the average person from their countries perceive Americans.
From my observation, the people of the world follow a similar routine of: get up, go to work, come home, spend free time in various (and many times common) ways, go to bed, wake up, and repeat. Meanwhile, while they do their jobs - like perhaps working in a shoe factory - governments banter about how they don't like either this country or that country, intervention should be employed, etcetera etcetera.
The leading cause of unnatural death in the 20th Century was death by government (excluding military deaths). The figure approaches 300,000,000 murders.
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