I saw an inspirational bumper sticker while I was driving on I-95, listening to Leonard Bernstein conducting the 1812 Overture (back when he was alive, of course). That piece always raises my blood pressure, especially when the cannons start firing. It\u2019s perfect music for a barroom brawl or a debate on the floor of Congress.Suddenly, like a bat outta hell, a BMW came up behind me and cut me off, and I swerved onto the shoulder. In the contrail of dust, I read his bumper sticker, which had the comforting slogan, \u201cCOEXIST.\u201dYou\u2019ve probably seen those bumper stickers, written in letters formed out of religious symbols that include the Star of David, a cross and a crescent moon, along with the peace sign and the yin-yang. Slogans that promote brotherly and sisterly love always inspire me to break out in song, especially when I\u2019m being forced off the road: \u201cC\u2019mon people, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now!\u201dI don\u2019t think the guy understood the meaning of \u201ccoexist,\u201d but I didn\u2019t take his affront personally because he then proceeded to cut off two other cars, and he didn\u2019t care if they were Christians, Muslims or Jews. Idealists can be nasty people. Stalin and Mao loved slogans, too.My daughters plastered the same bumper sticker on my father\u2019s old van when I gave it to them, along with other bumper stickers with quotes from Gandhi, the Dalai Lama and Thomas Jefferson, or maybe it was Richard Nixon. I\u2019ve always believed the most profound words of wisdom, from Deepak to Tupac, can be found on bumper stickers. They\u2019re easier to understand than Plato or IRS regulations.Just as I was regaining my composure on I-95, a Greyhound bus barreled up the entrance ramp and pushed me out of my lane. I guess no one ever told that lunatic we\u2019re supposed to coexist. There\u2019s more death-defying adventures on I-95 than in a James Bond movie. At times like this, I get frustrated and don\u2019t want to coexist. I want to retaliate.The sad truth is we live in an angry society that pulls people apart, largely because we place ideologies \u2014 personal, political and religious \u2014 ahead of people. There\u2019s no denying that political disagreements often provoke the most vicious anger. If we suspended political activity for a year, this country would become as joyful as Utopia, Nirvana and Amazon on Black Friday.Many of us have trouble coexisting in our families, our marriages, our communities, our workplaces and our world because we want other people to think like us rather than tolerate differences of opinion. I even have trouble watching the news because it reminds me the world is fueled by antagonism, disagreements and lawsuits.During the Cold War, the possibility of nuclear destruction hung over our heads because of the arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World leaders said our goal was \u201cpeaceful coexistence.\u201d The truth is we didn\u2019t really want to get along, we just didn\u2019t want the bombs to start falling. Even though we were allegedly committed to peaceful coexistence, that didn\u2019t stop anyone from trying to drive the other guy off the road, as it were.But our future is grim if we can\u2019t do any better than merely \u201ccoexisting,\u201d which is setting the bar awfully low.I once heard a fellow who was in Alcoholics Anonymous complain about another guy who was obnoxious and adversarial. He wanted to punch his lights out, but said his program of recovery wouldn\u2019t approve of that approach.\u201cWell,\u201d I asked, \u201cwhat would they suggest?\u201d He paused and said, \u201cI don\u2019t have to like him ... but I have to love him.\u201d I immediately thought of Tina Turner and asked, \u201cWhat\u2019s love got to do with it?\u201d\u201cEverything,\u201d he replied.OK, so where\u2019s that BMW driver? I want to give him a big hug ... when the cannons stop exploding.You can reach Joe Pisani at email@example.com.