A few days ago, I came across a challenge asking, “Is peace possible in the Middle East?” from Scott Berkun’s The Daily Post at WordPress.com:
All at once, a million ideas came to my mind. I had to work, attend meetings, review documents, etc. And yet, over the past days, the question would insinuate itself in my consciousness, niggling me to ponder some more, and distract me from focusing on what’s right in front of me.
What is “Peace?” Is it a Utopian existence where everyone, without exception, is equal? Men, women, children, elderly, gays, lesbians, regardless of race, creed, color, political leanings. How far do you take the dictates of equality to achieve it in its true form? Will it kill healthy competition and make way for abject mediocrity? Will it signal the end of innovation (why bother?) and passion for change? Will this be a conflict-free world?
I wonder if in this world, there might not be any more Woody Allens or Quentin Tarantinos. No more Ernest Hemingways or Gabriel Garcia Marquezes. No more books, movies, blogs, on angst, struggles, conflicts.
Or can it be a peace where people regain self-respect and begin to respect others, especially those who are different from them? Where any culture, religion, or government, no matter how old it is, can no longer be allowed to practice, preach, or even exist, in so long as its doctrines and proponents violate basic human rights. Where women are not considered property or chattel, where virginity is not equated to family honor, where citizens are not mere pawns for some ambitious demagogue, and where lives are not trivialized as unintended casualties of a mission. “The so-called greater good.” Who’s “good” is it?
We should not look too far to the Middle East for our quest for peace. We only have to look at this country to find there needs to be a lot of work here. Right in our own backyard. We still don’t treat people different from us fairly. We still have people spreading false information to distract, misinform, manipulate, misuse media. Case in point is the citizenship of the incumbent president. Even Trump rode the bandwagon. What a circus. The US was such a laughingstock! Are Americans really this daft?
Or the profiling of African-Americans, Latinos, and those of Arabic heritage. The stories are ridiculous. And a very sad reflection on how we think collectively.
I know I could go on and on but I have to stop here. I may turn this into a rant. Not good. I’ll stop here. For now.
- Obama: No short cut to peace in Middle East (sfgate.com)
- Do you think peace in the middle east is possible? (dailypost.wordpress.com)