“Always help those who are being persecuted.”
— Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
The evolution of Humans, although it looks glorious, is tragic. Even in comparison with other species, we look miserable and hopeless today. No species has caused more harm to our own planet than humans did. If at all someone threatens the existence of our planet, it is us, the mediocre and most selfish among the species.
Apart from Global Warming, some of the biggest threats that we face even today are Antisemitism, Racism and Religious Hatred. Antisemitism is one of the most misunderstood phenomena in the world. It all starts with ignorance, prejudice, discrimination, speciesism and ends with another form of racism what we call as ‘Antisemitism’. Ignorance is one of the biggest contributors to the growth of antisemitism although much underestimated by many. If we think racism growing elsewhere does not affect us, we are making a huge mistake. We as humans have always been connected and its time, we realize this. Humanity is one consciousness. Life in all forms is one too.
Racism is closely associated with religious hatred. Religion has been misinterpreted, abused and misused by the priests and politicians for their own vested interests at the cost of others lives. Therefore, no religion could keep evolving. The evolution stops because the priests and politicians want to dominate, destroy the very fabric of the society and rule, as far as they live. Jews have been some of the best scientists, sportsmen, singers, artists, mathematicians and innovators. Unfortunately, antisemitism only labels them as ‘mean’ and ‘selfish’. Hindus are often ignored and not allowed to integrate with the society for their lack of golden hair and blue eyes in Europe and Oceania. Christians are considered sinners in many Asian countries and this madness goes on, full circle.
It is unfair to compare a horse with an elephant, but it is justified to compare a British Horse with an Afghan horse. Both can be trained; both have the same set of features and near to perfect capabilities in comparison. What matters here is the trainer, the treatment and the surroundings. This applies to us, humans too. We humans are largely influenced by our leaders. Although we do collaborate, we do it superficially. It’s the same thought where one human thinks ‘my neighbors house is burning, so what should I do, let him take care.’ By the time he says this the fire engulfs his own house. This is one of the biggest problems with humans. We refuse to evolve together. Thus, we look tragic on this planet today.
I visited quite a few concentration camps and mass-graves in Europe, only to realize that humans were once treated worse than animals. Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Treblinka, Dachau, Theresienstadt and the list of these barbaric slaughterhouses goes on. It all starts there; if we can see the pain and do nothing about it, we are going to fail. Therefore India, Israel, England, Canada and USA have taken initiatives to create a vegan future. Now all other countries have joined that effort and not surprisingly it includes China, a country which once spared no animal or creature on the dining table. But today the number of Chinese Vegans is rapidly increasing.
Human overpopulation, lack of opportunities, orthodoxy, political corruption and a rotten judicial system are commonly seen in third world countries or for that sake developing countries too. Now these circumstances give rise to hatred, racism, antisemitism and religious hatred. Although the world called them ‘Black’, some of the greatest leaders, athletes, politicians, musicians and commanders in USA come from Africa.
In a world where Technology can do wonders for our future, we fail to regulate this planet in the best possible way. If we cannot do this, no innovation will matter in the long run and we will be either thrown to dark ages or simply perish in misery. Let us hope this new year brings about positive change in the way we live on this planet. Wish everyone a Happy Rosh Hashanah, L`Shanah Tovah!
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