“The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.”.
About two weeks ago I interviewed a lady who I will never forget. Elisabeth Seaman is a holocaust survivor and has become a mediator. She told me how she forgave the people who sent her and her family to the Holocaust concentration camps. She feels like loving and forgiving is the way to peace.
She had never planned to be a mediator but it was like it was sent to her to discover is something she discovered later in her life and now she knows it was meant to be. Mediation is a way she can help others find peace like she did.
She is an unforgettable person who dealt with hardships no young girl should ever have had to go through. It was all because of a man whose hatred towards a religion and its people caused so many inauspicious deaths.
We can ask ourselves why it happened, why no one stopped him but truthfully we know the answers for both questions. It was turning a blind eye. The people of that era knew that something bad was happening but felt like it was not their problem. Because of the world’s ignorance of not stopping before it was too late many suffered.
When we turn a blind eye to others being judged or stereotyped we are committing the same mistake people committed 7o years ago. We need to open our eyes and mind and realize that making assumptions, judging and stereotyping opens the door to hatred; a quality that no human should ever have. Not only does the victim suffers and feels belittled but you will also suffer from your own hatred even if it was a “joke”. We need to think twice before allowing ourselves to fall In the cycle of hatred.
“Forgive but never Forget” -Elizabeth Seaman
When looking at this photo what do you think? (Assuming you don’t know us) Oh they’re pretty, they’re both foreign, I wonder where they might be from, I wonder if she is Mexican (left) and if she is from India (right). You don’t realize that you are making these assumptions until after they are made.
We all see people around us and try to figure them out before talking to them, why is that? Why can’t we make conversation and get to know who they really are before evaluating them?
This girl on the right is my best friend. We both have two completely different religions, cultures, ethnicity, and two different political views. Despite all these differences we are still best friends. To some you might be confused on why this would matter, but what you don’t realize is that around the world there are actual wars because of differences like that.
During the Partition of India in 1947 the Muslims were forced out of India into Pakistan because of the areas in India that were majorly Hindu. There were many slaughters on both sides just because of their religion. Then there is Israel, against almost all the countries surrounding them just because they are a Jewish country.
Between North Korea and the United States of America there is major animosity between because of their political views and cultural differences.
The list can go on and on. What if people around the world could just listen to each other and talk to each other in a civilized matter. There would be more friendships around the world with different cultures. If we don’t assume straight away because of how they look, talk, or their religion then there would no longer be unnecessary wars and slaughters. The word “world peace” would actually mean something.
If my friend and I could drop our differences and get to know each other without trying to assume things about one another, then others could also do the same. It’s simple. Next time you see someone Hispanic, don’t come to the conclusion they are Mexican. There is more than one Hispanic country. If someone looks Indian they might be from Trinidad or elsewhere. Try approaching people who look different than you and striking up a conversation, you might learn something new of another culture or country.
I have started this blog because I want to help bring peace to the world. You might be wondering bring peace to the world? That’s so cliché right? Maybe you’re wondering how you or I can bring peace. Something’s are just as simple as a smile, love, or maybe it’s not stereotyping or amusing? Stereotyping is “a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing: “sexual and racial stereotypes””. ( Google’s definition ) All around the world there are fights/wars/hatred toward one another simply because people are not informed. How simple would it be to stop all that and not assume or judge before knowing someone?
“Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.”
― Margaret Mead