Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.