With the recent attacks and potential threats all around the world, the issue on terrorism has yet to be quelled (and may not be for quite sometime). People are forced from their homes to save their lives and the lives of their children, taking the utmost costly chances of riding rafts across the roaring seas and/or living in tents in the middle of dry lands.
The next few years, or even the next few days, could determine the outcome of civilization. The steps that we take as individuals or as a great nation are significant.
But, I feel that we are missing one important part if we are going to succeed in finding world peace.
We’re forgetting that terrorists are people too.
Even though they may seem utterly inhumane and evil to us, what if in retrospect they think the same of us. This conflict is not a war to destroy an enemy but a conflict in matching perspectives.
The reason why America has such a difficult time gaining respect and support by other people, even though the nation has such strong patriotism, is because we fall susceptible into thinking that “our ways” are always right and are the “only solution.” While we ignore the cultures, values, and beliefs of others, we force our own ideals on them, expecting them to revere our help.
We also easily focus on the present rather than the future when instead we need to realize that every choice that we make will have consequences, no matter the degree of “success” or “help” that we provide.
There have been a number of different tactics that have been proposed as seen by some candidates wanting to use mass nuclear warfare and deportation, possible worldwide military unity, drones… but they won’t work! Before we can truly grasp the perceptions of others and put aside our own prejudices and stereotypes can we fix this problem.
If not, violence will always be present in our world.
Let us take a moment to mourn the loses of innumerable innocent lives.
May they rest in peace.