By Riaz Ali Toori
A particular community of people living in a country or region, and having shared customs, laws, and organizations is called a society. The social fabrics of a society make it inter-dependent. There could be peculiar differences among the people living in a society that lead to conflicts that sometime lead to great dilemma like war on terror. The gush of unrest we are witnessing today is just because of clash of thoughts and lack of tolerance among the individuals. The other human catastrophes including poverty, unemployment and inflation also play a vital role in fortifying the conflicts. The influx of divergence could be disastrous enough to lead this world towards complete collapse.
We need orchestrated efforts to bring down the rising temperature to a freezing point in order to save this land. This goal does not need a Newton science, the promotion of tolerance and injection of patience could settle down all the disputes in a suitable manner. Indeed every religion teaches us peace, love for humanity and tolerance and every human being in one way or the other is believes in theocracy. The problem erupts when the god-fathers and so called custodians of a religion misinterpret it. These devilish elements should be blamed and punished for their wrongdoings, not the whole society or a particular culture or religion. Terrorism and torture of human beings are not allowed by any school of thought. Only a few elements in each society are responsible for spreading hate behind which there are many reasons. Inter alia some are highlighted as under:
-> Exercise of unwanted power by dominant countries over weaker
-> Clash between capitalism and non-capitalist ideologies;
-> Illegal controlling influence over other countries’ resources; and
-> Supremacy of a few nations and ineffectiveness of world organizations like UNO and others.
Thus not only the developed countries but developing and under-developed countries are responsible for the pandemonium and unrest. We cannot put entire burden on shoulders of East or West.
It is hilarious when we can ink down several trade agreements and MoUs why we can’t move to resolve bone of contention that is polarizing the entire world. Every nation is facing terrorism and world’s approach toward terrorism is not advocated. Establishing peace and tolerance requires a very clear division of “What is private and what is public”. Religion is a private act of man and one must not interfere in anyone’s private matters. While public affairs, need to be handled at government level. If someone is bad in our surroundings, we must deal with those devils with an iron hand but within the limits of law. We must educate members of the society through dialogue (rather than propagating hatred against any sect, political party or school of thought) and make them realize that they are doing wrong and disturbing the peace. Media in this regard must play a vital and positive role. An important thing that could be a good panacea to help out in finding universal peace is designing of syllabus at school, college and university level. The syllabi must be so chalked that it substantiates the aim of universal harmony and inter-faith among nations.
We should be able to enjoy our freedom to the fullest within the limits of the laws of the land. Minding our own business could lead the world community to restore peace and inter-faith harmony and at this point the role of political cadre of all the nations becomes conspicuous. Everyone’s freedom should be restricted within certain parameters which could be, for example, religion, culture, tradition etc.
Mutual respect for the people belonging to different faiths should also be promoted. Every country should set a frame of parameters for this very sole aim, for charity begins at home This is the only way we can retain peace, prosperity and love on land.