A lot has been said and lot has been unsaid on the flames of violence and hatred that engulfs my country. Issues pertaining to politics, spiritual beliefs and beliefs that we have held onto for generations are being dissected and the innards are being strewn all across the country. With social media as the most common and fastest channel for communication, opinions on those subjects that matter and those that do not matter are being discussed amongst the online community. Some of the theories talked about can actually question our faith in common sense and humanity, yet every individual must have the freedom to express their thoughts amicably. But, what is most often seen is that, discussions turn into battles grounds wherein ammunitions of abusive words are brutally used to rip up an individual’s religious beliefs, their political disposition and barbaric questions raised concerning their allegiances and devotion to the country they call home.
It is for this very reason that when such matters are discussed, especially among friends, I tend not to directly oppose or argue but instead try to understand and ask reasons for their stand on the matter. I believe politics and religion are topics which most people are quite obstinate about. I don’t say that I am free from this obstinacy, I can be pretty headstrong. But, I feel arguments on these topics don’t really lead us anywhere. We can lay out our thoughts or fears in front of the other person and also patiently hear them out, but I see futility in trying to prove ourselves right and the other wrong. We must remember that we don’t have to agree with them and they need not agree with us.
With the prevailing arguments and discussions happening worldwide, I pray that people don’t end up making more foes than friends. At the end of the day, what truly matters is not the issue at hand but prevalence of love and respect in a world already gripped by fear and hatred.
“Just because I disagree with you, that does not mean I hate you. We need to relearn that in our Society. “