Do you still have faith in humanity?

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A few months ago, I read an article and one question stuck with me; do you still have faith in humanity? This question is both interesting and inspiring. I wrote it down in my notebook, that I take everywhere, but I could never bring myself to answer it. I would read it and just ponder…

But today is the day: I will answer it. I will keep it brief, without pretence or judgement, in my own words, using my notes that I jotted down as the words flowed, maybe not always well-structured…

I’ll only ask you to read this with an open mind and to not be too quick to judge, these are my thoughts and ideas on the world I live in today.    

 

Do you still have faith in humanity?

I’ll be honest, some days, I do lose hope…

Looking at all those wars and horrible acts of hatred…

I wonder why our great nations keep on sending men by the thousand to fight in destructive wars instead of sending them to help save lives. I wonder why our leaders create “clans” and why my fellow citizens feel the desperate need to belong.

Because first and foremost we are not white, black, Asian or green (right?), we are not Jewish, Christian, Buddhist or Muslim, we are not conservative or liberal, we are simply all human, with our own strengths and weaknesses. Of course, each person is different.

We think and act differently. An Asian person will not think like an African person, who will have different concepts and values than a European person… We are siblings at birth but grow apart through education and religion. We are equals but unique. And that’s for the best! That’s what makes our interactions so fulfilling and interesting!

Despite the horrors happening in this world, I want more than anything to believe that we are all rational creatures and that prejudice doesn’t have its place in our heads. It’s hard, but it makes me sad to see that out of revenge, or worse, out of ignorance, some people draw conclusions and let the seed of racism grow in their mind.

There is however one concept we can all get behind: unity.

Uniting with others means you will have to learn to know them. If you learn to know them, you will understand them better and you will no longer be scared of them.

But how do you fight for peace though all those hard times? How do you stand up to fear?

Even if tomorrow is uncertain, even if I hear the word war, I refuse to give in to fear.

When I dream about the future, I feel at peace. At peace with myself, with others and with my lovely planet… (#CareBearsWorld)

Because even after all this, I still have faith.

We are humanity, we are unity.

Ali.


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