Starting from our childhood, we are forced to believe in ideas that are said to be the realities of life. These realities slowly become imprinted on our developing conscience. Based on figments of imagination, made up of biases, these thoughts are fueled by hatred – nullifying what is real and what is not.
I, myself was forced into believing a particularly conformed idea. “People of Shit’te sect smell bad”, this was told to me by none other than my uncle, whose own thought was groomed by one of his elders. Even though I hail from an apparently liberal family, this repugnant thought found its way into my consciousness.
I was in my early teens, when one day my Uncle was having a business deal with someone he knew. However, apparently he wasn’t aware of his sect and the deal wasn’t finalized due to some problems in it. Afterwards, when he did come to know of his sect his reactions was, “That’s why whenever I went to his office, it smelt disgusting!” I was taken aback and I asked him how so? He in return said “Because they are Shit’tes, and they smell bad because God’s wrath is on them.”
This one sentence ruined the image of Shit’tes in my view. From that day onwards I became intensely careful in befriending them and considered them lesser humans, which led me to believe they were an outcast to humanity. To some extent I became indifferent towards the Shit’te genocide, because to me their blood remained unworthy of nobility.
“People of Shit’te sect smell bad”, this was told to me by none other than my uncle, whose own thought was groomed by one of his elders. Even though I hail from an apparently liberal family, this repugnant thought found its way into my consciousness.
This one sentence did a damage of many of my countable years which cannot be compensated. This thought remained with me until I unintentionally befriended some people of that sect. When I wasn’t aware that my friends were Shit’tes, I found them to be completely normal human beings and to this day they are still my friends. But, whenever I recall that disgusting thought that was fed to me when my conscience was developing, I feel extremely shameful.
Children pick up anything they are told, that becomes a trait of their personality when they grow up. Considering the fact that I am a member of an apparently liberal family, my family and I were able to build such thoughts regarding this sect (the second most populace in Pakistan) it gives me chills when I think about the children of an extremist family. It makes you think, what they might be enduring and what venoms would they spill on their children in consequence.
In a society where extremism is prevalent, I cringe at such thoughts and notions that aren’t rare but somehow are even insulting as well for people that have an extremist mentality. I was able to unlearn the hateful things imprinted on my conscious. However, those who cannot they still hold this view regarding that sect and if someone doesn’t agree with them, they believe they are entitled to shame them.
Children pick up anything they are told, that becomes a trait of their personality when they grow up.
The first step for the betterment of any society is to highlight the flaws in it and I am pretty sure this one flaw is still common and still existing, extremism – it blindfold your conscience. To fight this problem we need to be open and be able to unlearn those things that aren’t at par with the moral or logical side of human mSind, only then will we be able to have a satiated and serene mind.