“Love your neighbour as yourself.”
Describing who our neighbour is the Scripture talks about just anybody who comes our way in a desperate situation or need.
Then if a high caste man sees a low caste person in need will he just look away and go on his way? Or just stretch a helping hand towards the person in need?
We all need to know that we all are created equally by one and only God, the ultimate Creator. And the best part is… The Scripture says, He created male and female in His own image and own likeness; which means we all have equal values irrespective of where we live, how much we earn, which family we are born into… Nothing really matters to God.
We should be clear of the fact that, ‘there is only one race—the human race.’ There can be different ethnicities like, Caucasians, Africans, Asians, Indians, Arabs, and Jews but they are not different races.
God does not show partiality or favouritism and neither should we. If God is impartial and loves us with impartiality, then we need to love others with that same high standard.
Just yesterday, I took this picture and sent it to my friend Prabhjot, describing how all the kids of different status, from different family backgrounds and from different schools are studying together on the same table. I loved it as it matched our week’s topic. That should be the picture of our world too. Isn’t it?
“My attitude to peace is rather based on the Burmese definition of peace – it really means removing all the negative factors that destroy peace in this world. So peace does not mean just putting an end to violence or to war, but to all other factors that threaten peace, such as discrimination, such as inequality, poverty. “
My wife has a habit of stooping down to any old, helpless beggar on the street. She would give it away whatever food she will be holding at that moment. She doesn’t feel a bit of shame doing that. In fact, I can not do that instantaneously as her. I might be bit pushy and try to give some money away and stand little ahead as she finish talking to the old man or woman for sometime. I would be looking around to see who all are looking at my wife. I am kind of going through a process of self-examining while writing on this topic.
Discrimination lives within us unless we uproot it from within. We discriminate daily in some or other way… either we discriminate ourselves to be lower or higher than the others standing in front of us.
I was really touched by the Mega article of this week by Prabhjot, “Discriminating is not COOL.” I loved it when she said, “Imagine what kind of teachings you are passing on to your children when you do not allow your maid servant to use the toilet or sit on the sofa. These are the people who clean up our mess, how does it make them dirty?”
It is indeed a great challenge winking at us to take up… Are you ready for it? Are you ready to bring peace eradicating the ghost of discrimination out of you?
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