Scanning through newspapers has been my habit ever since my childhood. I undertake this exercise in order to stay up-to-date with all the latest developments taking place around the world. But sadly, most of the newspapers I scan through are studded with conflicts between different ethnic groups. Conflicts in Syria, Air strikes in Yemen are only a few examples of the rising tensions and conflicts among nations coming from different religious, social and racial backgrounds.
This is what forced me to ponder over the reasons behind the petty conflicts we come across in our daily life. To be very frank, a majority of people tend to resent those who are different from us because they prompt us to question our ideas, values and beliefs. People have this habit of referring to labels in order to differentiate one person from the other. People categorize and divide others by race, religion, sex, political beliefs, social standards etc.
I would like to ask a simple question from all those who are reading this article. And my question is: “Why can’t we regard and see each other as normal human beings without attaching useless labels to our respective identities?” Why in the world are we interested in finding traits that end up creating walls between people?
It is quite obvious to assume that all we need is tolerance and understanding that may help us to eliminate our differences so that we can harmoniously and peacefully co-exist with each other. We need to refrain ourselves from fanaticism that takes us towards conflicts to reflect on means of achieving peace. Everyone needs to be granted the freedom to establish his or her values or beliefs provided, they do not cause harm to other people. An individual has the right to choose his or her own religious beliefs without being afraid of isolation and discrimination.
Furthermore, we need to refrain ourselves from resenting those who are more successful than us. We ought to avoid displaying condescending attitudes towards those who are less fortunate than us. Regardless of our nationalities, all of us are seeking a harmonious existence.
Yes, that is easier said than done, our actions and efforts need time to bear fruits. We can begin by teaching our children to be tolerant towards other kids who are different from them. Schools should also assign classes to teach the importance and significance of being tolerant. Parents must establish an exemplary example for their children to follow by displaying the trait towards their neighbours and co-workers.
Moving further, the media, with all its venues has the most difficult task of all. The media fraternity needs to refrain itself from sensationalizing conflicts. They need to focus on the positive traits of the human instead of lionizing and sensationalizing the differences that exist between them. Well, I’m quite certain that I’m not the only one, who believes that one day in the future, we’ll be able to experience a life void of limitations, restrictions and conflicts.