It is an old saying we've all heard: "Don't judge a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes."

It is human nature to harshly judge others we disagree with or disapprove of, until we are actually exposed to the life experiences that have shaped their choices and worldview. All of our spiritual traditions teach compassion at their root, and the first step toward developing compassion is to learn empathy. To see another person's point of view, even if we don't share it, and to understand the events that have shaped their perspective is the moment when we transcend our animal natures and glimpse something higher within our souls.

Al Jazeera America has taken that spiritual truth and brought it home in a heart-wrenching way through its documentary series, Borderland, which premieres on Sunday, April 13 (9 E/6 P).

Read the HUFFINGTON POST review here

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