I write with so much pain in my heart! I can’t begin to describe it – pain – yet in the midst of scribbling just that part, I somehow found so much HOPE. Or will I say hope finds this aching heart? I write because despite being plagued with the thought of little to no difference being made because of my letter, I still choose to be hopeful that a mindset or two will be changed.
So far, I’ve only spent 22 years on Planet Earth but I’ve got to see, experience and hear of so many sad issues and happenings in our dear world. From terrorist attacks to abduction, from natural disasters to hunger, from unemployment to climate change, from poverty to inequalities – these feel like an infinity war!
I am of the opinion that the reason why we are so intolerable is most times, we tend to judge people by their actions and ironically judge ourselves by our intentions; giving excuses when we make mistakes but not maintaining the same energy when it has to do with others. We think, “We are definitely not the problem, other people are.”
Over 60-70% of the world’s population practice the religion or hold on to the beliefs and values which we were born into. Most, if not all of us, belong to the race, tribe or ethnicity of our parents and the people who came before us.
What is my point? Why then do we choose to stereotype and discriminate people for what they had no choice over? I believe we only accept ours as best because we identify with that group and we grew up hearing, learning and practicing what we now hold on to so dearly. If we were born another way, we would believe that way is best, now won’t we?
Isn’t it heartbreaking that the very problems affecting us can be fixed or in the least reduced by us? Why should someone be unsure of living to see the next day because they can’t afford to protect themselves? Why should a young child be forced to beg in order to eat or access the basic necessities of life? Why should a girl or woman live in fear simply because someone else lacks self-control?
Why should children be scarred and separated from their parents because of their financial status or insecurity? Why should someone’s dreams be cut short because they are so hopeless and broken that waking up to reality looks like the best thing to do? Why should people suffer because some others are trying to enrich themselves? Why does pain have to be so deep that ending one’s life is the best resolve? Why should someone pay the price for what they had no control over? Why should people’s pains and sufferings be used for personal benefits?
These are some of the questions I ask on a daily basis. As much as I’d have loved to be the savior of the world, I know it is certainly impossible! And that’s because no one can do it alone. We all need to come in unity as we know that little drops of water are what make an ocean.
There is so much going on already and as much as we all have individual battles to fight, we can still make other people’s lives better and more bearable. Little acts of kindness and love really go a long way. Love is so deep: it is forgiveness; it is understanding; it is peace; it is growth; it is everything needed to keep the world together. It is not easy but it is so important!
We need to sit back, honestly talk to ourselves, know where we are lacking as individuals and commit to becoming better people. Only then can we now make effective change on a larger scale. Hate is too much to handle; they say time heals all wounds but believe me, hate leaves scars that may never heal. It’s up to us to make amends and refrain from making the same mistakes of the past. Generations to come are counting on us; our actions will make a big difference – good or bad. You choose, we choose. Can we please not fail humanity again?