In our zeal to succeed in life all of us, consciously or unconsciously tend to make the ‘Other’ feel inferior through our words and actions or in the name of caste or religion. This feeling ends up creating cracks and crevices among people, relationships, countries and the world at large. We begin viewing the ‘Other’ with hate or fear which is passed down through generations to a point where we begin hating or fearing anything that is unlike us.
Even today we judge people so quickly because of the thin line of religion and race. I want you to think to yourself, is race really that important if we all want the same thing? We should be working together and not against each other. With increasing frequency, we are seeing individuals and institutions claiming the right to discriminate people and we should put a stop to it because what are we gaining from it? Why are we scared of people who are different from us? We shouldn’t be labelling each other because after all, we are all human.
When we meet someone who is different from us, our first instinct is to be insolent towards them but most of us live the exact same life, some of us even look similar but because of religious beliefs, we have wars that cost many lives. Is it really worth it? Should our differences cost our lives? No, so let’s work together to break the thin line that separates us and put an end to it because we all live on the same planet, we breathe the same air, we have the same blood color so we all deserve to stand equally as one.
Our culture shapes us, it shapes our identity and who we are. It is our “way of being,” it refers to the languages, beliefs, values, norms, and behaviors that are passed down from one generation to the next. Cultural diversity supports the idea that every person can make a unique and positive contribution to the society in spite of our differences. Imagine a place where our diversity is recognized and respected; various cultural ideas are acknowledged and valued; people are given equal opportunities to achieve their full potential; and differences are celebrated. Appreciate the races between all of us because that’s what makes our world so beautiful.