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September 25, 2012

Love Your Mother, But Don’t Hate Another Person’s Mother

“He who loves the world as his own body may be entrusted with the empire.”
– Lao Tzu

Presently people across the globe are getting impatient, intolerant, and agitated without any concern for others. It seems there is less respect toward others’ religions, regions, races, languages, ethnicities, cultures, and communities. In addition, the aspirations and expectations from all stakeholders are rising rapidly. For instance, children demand more from parents; students demand more from teachers; subordinates demand more from superiors; employees demand more from employers; followers demand more from leaders; and people demand more from the government. In fact, people are becoming more rights-oriented rather than duty-oriented. They must remember John F. Kennedy’s clarion call: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

There must be a shift in the mindset of the people. There must be a need for tolerance and respect toward others. People must be duty-oriented rather than rights-oriented. Empathy is the answer for these challenges. Empathy is the ability to step into the shoes of others, and look at the issues from others’ perspective. However, presently people hardly empathize with others. When we empathize with others most of the global challenges and conflicts will be resolved easily. Through empathy, we can put an end to intolerance, impatience, and instability. Through empathy, we can resolve several global challenges amicably. In fact, empathy is essential for global peace, prosperity, and stability.

Some people resort to violence to settle their scores. And some countries wage wars to settle their long-pending issues. In fact, violence is not the solution to several global issues. Ralph Waldo Emerson rightly remarked, “Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.” People should shed their violent attitude and must respect others through empathy and understanding.

Love your mother but don’t hate another person’s mother. As your mother is precious to you, another person’s mother is equally precious to them. As your race, religion, region, language, ethnicity, culture, and community are precious to you, they are equally precious to others.

William J. Clinton said, “The real differences around the world today are not between Jews and Arabs; Protestants and Catholics; Muslims, Croats, and Serbs. The real differences are between those who embrace peace and those who would destroy it; between those who look to the future and those who cling to the past; between those who open their arms and those who are determined to clench their fists.” People must learn to empathize with others to make a difference in the lives of others. We need empathic leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, and Dalai Lama to name a few to maintain global peace, security and stability. Remember what Mother Teresa said when asked what you can do to promote world peace: “Go home and love your family.” As charity begins at home, let us start promoting global peace by loving our family and empathizing with others first.

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September 16, 2012

Occupy the Elders

elephant_attacking_rhinoThe presence of an elder can be very powerful, and not only in human interactions. About 20 years ago there was a group of elephants that conservationists wanted to move. They didn’t have the ability to move the larger, older adults. The people in charge of moving the animals made a tough dissension. They thought their best option was to kill the parents and other family of the small young elephants. These little ones were traumatized by witnessing their parents being killed and then moved to a new location with no family.

These elephants grew up to be very aggressive. Park rangers noticed that elephants were killing rhinos. In the height of the violence they killed 36 rhino in one year. It is not unheard of for elephants to kill rhinos every once in a while, but these numbers were astounding! For many years people were very confused about how to stop the killings.

It turns out the solution was very simple.When older bull elephants were introduced, the violence stopped. It seems the bulls’ presence gave the younger elephants a model and an understanding of where they fit in.  The behavior patterns of young elephants returned to normal under their influence.

Modern culture often seems to ignore or discount the benefits of cross generational interaction.  As this example of the elephants indicates, the presence and perspective of elders may be one way to help create a more peaceful planet.

September 11, 2012

The Role of Women in Creating a Peaceful World

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said. “The world would be a peaceful place if it were ruled by women…Women were by nature more inclined towards compassion, whereas men tend to feel they have to be macho. You are basically life-giving, life-affirming. That is what you are naturally when you are unspoilt… Women can actually make society civil…Actually it is very straightforward: let women take over.”

I have written articles and made videos about this, as I see female empowerment as the only practical way we can create a peaceful world. My latest article on this, published on the Hub pages, is called, “A Practical Method of Creating a Loving and Caring World.”


September 5, 2012

Iraq – The Failure of Imposed Democracy


I am an Iraqi man now living in Sweden.  I fled my country in 2006.  I am a witness to what happened in Iraq when George Bush and Tony Blair invaded my country in the name of bringing Democracy.  I read about Archbishop Tutu’s opinion in the Huffington Post on September 2nd regarding what happened in Iraq and how you feel George Bush and Tony Blair should be brought to trial.

As a witness to what happened to my country, what Bush and Blair brought to Iraq had nothing to do with whether I and other Iraqi people wanted Democracy—we DID—but not brought to our country with force, with killing, with such destruction.  We would have developed a democratic government all on our own if we were allowed the time and left alone.

I believe that Democracy grows from the ground up and cannot be imposed on a nation from outside forces, as what happened in Iraq.  I consider that my country was destroyed in the name of Democracy.

Please accept my best regards and GOD bless you and for your work to bring about global peace.

September 5, 2012