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Following is a list of things that make me very sad, especially when the people involved are educated, able and supposedly-sensible people.
Ashu's recent post about 'respecting Hindi' in comparison to other regional languages in India (cos Hindi is the National language of India), really raised some interesting thoughts in my mind. What is Language? To me, it's a means of Communicating, nothing more nothing less. You may speak Hindi, English, Tamil, French, Sinhalese, Spanish, Urdu etc etc but no one should be asked to respect/learn/speak/understand one particualr language over others, just cos it's the national language of your country? I say that's bullshit arrogance, false pride and selfishness. Why should one language be given more importance than the other? Let people learn, speak, write whatever they were born into, whatever they want to...not what some strong nationalists want them to. Besides, what about the deaf and mute people? What language do you think they should 'folllow' and 'respect'? And what about the older folks who cannot easily learn a new language? I find it mind-numbingly shocking when people make such ruthless statements. Even Sign language is beautiful...so is Hindi...and so is English etc etc. Let us not make Language a reason to kill each other now (as if we don't have enough shit to deal with in this world). Please guys, get over your national pride, get over your obsession with your mothertongue...love it but don't look down upon other languages. All languages should be equally admired and respected.
Why do some people think that their skin color is the 'highest' of all shades? Humans migrated from many parts of the world to many other places, and respective climates changed our appearances, such as skin color, hair color etc. So what makes you think that the color of your skin is a God-given sign of Superiority? If that's the case then, different skin-colored people should have different skills. What say? Sadly for you, we are all ONE no matter what. We all have a pair of eyes, ears, a head, a pair of hands and legs etc and we all feel the same emotions...and we all have the SAME capacity to reach the highest of human abilities! No skin color has been given special mental/physical privileges. So get out of your rainbow dream and come down to Earth please! Cos in the end, this is what happens to all of us and we all look like this inside too (see pic).
Black or White, we all shit from the same end!
What is Religion? To me it's a set of beliefs based on your own upbringing, culture, personality etc. I don't have one particular religion, I respect all faiths and I pick the best teachings of all of them. I only have a way of life that I follow. I come from a Hindu and a Buddhist background, I went to a Methodist school, my best friend is a Muslim girl and I hang out with many people from many different backgrounds. If you're so desperate to guard your Religion with weapons and blast anybody who questions your religion, what's the use of your Religion mate? What good has it really taught you? Does your Religion teach you to blow up people? Wow, what a super nice Religion then! *rolling eyes*
**When people draw mental borders in the name of patriotism
What is so great about countries? That they are all different, yes. But what's so great about hard-core Patriotism? Nothing. You may fight for your land, scream and cry, die for it even, kill others for it, but in the end your country isn't gonna die for you. It just sits in it's place on this Globe, it doesn't move an inch even. It just does it's job by being there on the map and enjoying it's own existence. You become the fool. If you really love your country, do something good for it..something productive...not something violent and certainly not something that embarasses your own land. Don't be blinded by patriotism that you forget humanity. Look at this pic of an American soldier in Iraq, carrying the dead body of an Iraqi baby boy...this soldier is showing true humanity here, not patriotism. Cos no matter what you try to do, humanity creeps in...especially if you have a heart.
True patriotism should break mental walls and erase all emotional borders.
I have seen so many people, even in Blogville, branding an entire country as 'racist'. During Aussie/India Cricket series, all Aussies were termed racists, sadly. Some called all Aussies idiots. And I have often seen all Sri Lankans being labeled as racists cos of the on-going Sinhalese and Tamil war in Sri Lanka. It's very wrong to generalise an entire nation as racists based on few people's callous and stupid acts. I say people who brand an entire nation as racist are the real racists. We have to try and understand each person from what he/she has to say..not from what someone else has to say. Look at this pic...it's a pic of 2 Bondi Beach life-savers in Aus...an Aussie chick and an Aussie Lebanese chick. How beautiful and loving some individuals can be towards each other!
Recently few favorite blogs of mine had some great posts about Cheerleaders in Cricket matches held in India, and the angry reaction from some Indians calling it 'vulgar' and culturally 'inappropriate'. Now I can understand why some Indians would react that way, cos Cheerleading is new to most of them. But what baffles me is this. Doesn't Bollywood dancing with gyrating, highly sexual body movements come from India? Didn't Kama Sutra come from India? I'm sure many Indians love Bollywood movies and enjoy them too. Nothing wrong with that and I like them too. But the moment something Western is introduced, everyone screams 'vulgar'! How strange. To me it's total ignorance and false pride. That's all. People need to get over their fake beliefs and realise that this is life...men, women, love, lust, sex etc etc. It's all a part of life. It's how you can handle it that really matters.
Don't try to deny the real things in life.
**When people never give up on hatred
There's an on-going War (for the last 25yrs) in Sri Lanka...my motherland. The Sinhalese and the Tamils are killing each other over a piece of land in that bloody tiny country. In Sri Lanka, linguistic rights of Tamils have been a key source of conflict, which has paved the way for the civil war and Tamil insurgency. Sadly, this war never seem to end...it has now reached to a level where the LTTE (Tamil Separatists) aren't asking for any linguistic rights anymore, they are now asking to divide the nation and run separate governmets. Neither of them want to give into each other, so there's a raging battle between the SL Army and the terrorists, killing many people every single day. The root of all this is hatred and sense of superiority. Why can't people just stop and see what can be done to help each other than go on a killing-spree for 25yrs? I find it very difficult to understand how a war can go on for that long without a single sign of peace. I lost 2 of my dear uncles (both senior Police officers) to this war as well. This is a pic of a weeping father holding his innocent baby boy's body (killed by a landmind), all cos of a stupid war!
Sometimes you've just got to stop on your tracks and let the other person win.
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