Look through many lenses
THE lens we choose to look through determines our perception of reality. During the past few days, I have watched and listened to some people quickly judging and abandoning our Muslim community.
People, who choose to view the world through the frame of one lens, have only a one dimensional view of reality.
One-dimensional people have little experience with the Muslim community and perpetuate racism based on media commentary which only focuses on the extreme.
If we look through a onedimensional lens, we risk becoming the voices of contempt and irrationality.
The challenge for me is to view the world through many lenses to acknowledge the diversity within our country. If I look through the lens of the evil acts of the Lindt Café, the recent incidents in France and Germany and the reality of IS – I see evil and denounce these acts.
If I look through the lens at our border protection I see a conflicting reality where we must ruthlessly scrutinise anyone who try to enter our country while keeping in mind those who need our refuge and support. If I look through the lens of the young Muslim people, I see they feel threatened, unsure whether they should venture outside their home because of the racism of a small minority.
When I look through the