Saturday, November 04, 2006

Fear and Apathy on the Rise

Fear seems to be writhing in the hearts of people today. Not only is it used as a tool of intimidation it corrodes the brains of people when prejudices, differences of opinion and beliefs are involved. Misunderstanding each other or fear of the unknown promotes the high anxiety levels we are witnessing today.

Instead of using the alternative of learning from one another even if we tend to disagree or even find the other’s lifestyle offensive, why can we not take a step back and view each person as an individual? Their choices, genetic make up, circumstance and beliefs, their own personal struggles brought them to where they are just as this cycle is the common denominator in all our lives.

We seem to keep forgetting that we are all human. The focus on country of origin, religion, race, sex, or sexual orientation should all melt away when one human being is seen just as that… human.

The judgment does not seem to stop there. We seem to look at another’s misfortune or fame as a part of who they are. There are so many possibilities of how a person can end up in any given situation how can we judge? Who decides who assumes the role of the human appraiser?

Instead of uniting we have become detached from one another, divided by boundaries we have created by our apathetic attitudes. Compassion appears to be looming near extinction.

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Marie Curie, French (Polish-born) chemist & physicist (1867 - 1934)