Pray for Humanity, Point Blank with Asian Weekly 22nd July, 2016

22 Jul

Pray for Humanity

Pray for Paris Courtesy AbduZeedo

Pray for Paris Courtesy AbduZeedo

From the Dallas shootings to the Nice lorry driver ruining Bastille Day, what is happening to the world? Almost every hour, some incident is happening and before we know it, hashtags such as #PrayForParis or #PrayForBeirut are popping up and we are sharing or not.

What is this all about?

Let’s begin with what is the mental state of mind of the world. It is in complete chaos and while there are several spiritual and religious leaders and activities going on to stabilize the situation there is too much to save. From the planet’s environment and wellbeing to the human beings needs, wants and emotions. Where do we start? Knowledge is information and information is knowledge.

The world is small because of the Internet and social media, and while it is easy to report facts, it is easier to distort reality and that’s where the problem lies. Once upon a time, we received news of progress or lack off through state media channels, but now it is at our fingertips and anything is possible. This is very dangerous. Incidents such as the Brussels attack or even close at home when the Westgate attack happened, they are unique in consequence but not in reason. Terrorism has taken over the world and is the new business or marketing tool for the terrorists, their organizations and unfortunately some politicians. The innocent citizens or civilians are dying in the line of fire. But while all that is not in our control, our reactions are.

Did you know that every 40 seconds a person is committing suicide and that 800,000 people die every year of suicide? So what is taking them to this breaking point, despite all the progress and technological and social advancements? Did you also know according to the Global Terrorism Index, produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, that ISIS and Boko Haram where responsible for almost 51% of all claimed global fatalities in 2014? Citing more- The top 5 from among the list are Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Syria. It is believed that nearly 78 percent of global terrorism-related deaths occurred in these five countries alone, further emphasizing the alarming domestic situations in these places.

To worry about why we are supporting hashtags or sending our support via social media to Paris and not Beirut is petty.

For example as Asians living in Kenya, our roots are India or Pakistan but most have settled especially in the UK and so if anything happened in any of the four countries, we will react, otherwise not.

You have to understand that people on social media are not fully exercising their opinions or factions especially in the named countries above, mostly because of Government censorship. Thus, while media is reporting incidents, the people affected on the streets of Kabul are not expressing their grief and their hashtag is not coming out and receiving worldwide exposure and so we don’t support it easily. Very few people are concerned with worldwide health and will raise their voice or support, so unless something doesn’t happen at their doorstep they will not react. But that doesn’t mean that we are not affected or think or get concerned of our world. We do. Maybe we just don’t show it. So those who do, don’t judge them harshly for their choices.

Every individual is affected by his or her situations, experiences and people. To generalize is immature.


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