Hatred & Diversity

I was listening to an article on the radio this morning about troubles in Eastern India where radical Hindus are are apparently attacking Christians, have burnt down churches and even got involved in gang rape.  Elsewhere Jews are persecuting Muslims, nominal Christians are anti-Semitic and militant Islam seems to hate everyone else!

It seems that there is quite a deep need to feel superior to others, to believe that there is only one ‘true path’, to distrust and fear those who are different from us.  The odd thing is that no matter how we change the badges, we always seem to recreate the ‘Us & Them’ thing.  Within a group or organisation there always seem to be factions.  Think about  the divisions within the Christian church.  I was deeply shocked to discover that even within my own family that two cousins were now no longer speaking to their nephew because his wife is from the wrong sect… How’s that for loving thy neighbour?

These days we are all supposed to be respecting diversity and enjoying the multi-culturalism.. and yet… and yet we fear those who are different rather than being enriched and stimulated by them.  If we aren’t secure in ourselves we are far more likely to be judgemental of others’ choices.  We would never suggest that everyone should eat only one sort of cuisine; why do we expect others to agree with all our other choices and views?

We need to find ways in which it is safe to disagree and explore those ideas, that is where progress comes from…

“Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.”   Mahatma Gandhi

“Our greatest strength as a human race is our ability to acknowledge our differences, our greatest weakness is our failure to embrace them.”  Judith Henderson

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2 Responses to “Hatred & Diversity”

  1. mehmet_y says:

    I think when we understand other person’s perspective and know that he or she is a human being, have similar emotions, needs and expectations in life, our relationship with others can improve. Some call this empathy.

    We need to get rid of fear and denial and replace it with acceptance and love. As Marie Curie says ” There is nothing to be feared in this life only to be understood”.

    I would also refer the co-networkers to the poem in my profile by Rumi in relation to unity and acceptance.

    Best Regards,
    Mehmet

  2. I absolutely agree Mehmet, many thanks for this contribution

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