If you can’t beat ’em, cooperate ’em to death. (Charlie Brown in Peanuts cartoon)

Sometimes cartoon characters can give us something worth thinking about. What would life be like if, instead of continuing to fight against someone, we decided to join them in some agreed-on project. Not only would we remove everyone from harmful conflict, we might be able to accomplish something of value, not only to us, but to a broader group.

When you make an agreement with your neighbor . . . you must not take advantage of each other. (Leviticus 25:14)