Relativity and diversity – You and I

Sherif Rizq

Relativity and diversity are corner stones in understanding the complexities of this world, Herb Cohen said “You and I don’t see things as they are we see things as we are” and that explains how relative everything can be, it explains that what’s normal to someone is not necessarily normal to everyone else, and in fact, it shouldn’t be. What’s normal to you is only normal to you because you are unique, and everyone else is unique as well.

In order to be able to live together in this world and with such entangled issues and the new conflicts arising everyday one has to be well-equipped with solid information that would help him/her to understand other people better.

Communication is the best mean to bridge the gaps and create a circle of trust that would help people get to know each other very well and subsequently understand each other. Face to face interaction has always proven to be positive in creating a real understanding. It is not just a real understanding, it also helps create the compassion needed for humans to interact and create the bone needed to build up a society that can deal with diversity as a life inevitability.

One can’t exist unless he/she coexists. Living in today’s world and especially in the Middle East makes one understand the inevitability of diversity and coexistence. Most of the conflicts taking place in the Middle East basically driven from the inability of sharing life together. Unfortunately power is a factor that controls almost everything in life, so unless tolerance frames the life we are living in now we have a slight chance of surviving.

A society in development has to move from a tribal one to a multicultural one, and a multicultural society is a place where people from different walks of life can live together peacefully regardless of their ethnic, religious background. It is only what you do that matters, if you do something great everyone has to support you. Human endeavor would become then the ideal we are looking up to. Mother Teresa said she doesn’t want Muslims to become Catholics all what she wanted was that Muslims become better Muslims, Catholics become better Catholics as well as Hindus become better Hindus.

The deeper we look at human nature and how religions have been manipulated by people with unlimited powers, the sadder one can be, but still we have hope in the grassroots, they have to get together and eliminate all reasons of hatred and call out for peace, love and joy.

It has been noticed that most of the clashes ,seemingly religious based, take place in poor areas, which makes the problems more complicated, we can’t separate the economic factor from the idea of tolerance and coexistence. People who are angry at life may act recklessly and even violently, not because they hate others, but because life is so tough on them.

The hate speech in the media as well, that always supports the idea of absolutism, followers of a given religion always claims that what they believe in is the only true set of beliefs in the that world, and other religions even if they may have something good, still they are not up to what they believe in, so when media feeds in hate as well as widespread poverty, one can’t be optimistic, still one needs to fight hard anyway. The role one has to play nowadays is to make great efforts that would help include everyone in any given society. Once an individual feels justice and inclusion, this person would do his best to use his potentials in a way that people may never expect.

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