West is not bet­ter than us

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Arwa Al-Waqian

When­ever your own so­ci­ety bul­lies, hates and os­tra­cizes you, you will have no op­tion but to hate it back, hate its in­di­vid­u­als and re­ject its tra­di­tions and cus­toms and prob­a­bly its re­li­gion as well, be­cause you will find that others keep ad­vis­ing you with the ex­cuse that ‘re­li­gion is the opium of the masses’. I am not here prais­ing West­ern coun­tries, be­cause they are not bet­ter than us, but be­cause they dis­cov­ered at an early stage how the hu­man na­ture ac­cepts vi­o­lence, sar­casm, ha­rass­ment and vi­o­lat­ing others’ pri­vacy. This is why laws were set to in­crim­i­nate bul­ly­ing and hate. Laws deem any per­son us­ing racial dis­crim­i­na­tion legally ac­count­able, and so many peo­ple avoid in­sult­ing others not be­cause they have pro­found man­ners or re­spect others, but be­cause of fear of le­gal ac­count­abil­ity.

There­fore, we are on a con­stant run from real life that over­bur­dens us by bear­ing with strangers’ cu­rios­ity, rel­a­tives’ nosi­ness and ha­tred if you are any dif­fer­ent from the rest of the herd. We have re­cently started fly­ing to coun­tries that re­spect and value lib­er­ties, where we can live the sim­ple life we have al­ways dreamt of.

In our so­ci­eties, sim­plic­ity is re­stricted to the poor, ex­trav­a­ganza is the cul­ture of religious peo­ple and pas­sion is a se­cret we only re­veal to the sick and needy. The West is no bet­ter than us. We have as in­tel­li­gent and cre­ative minds. Our prob­lem is that we are liv­ing in so­ci­eties that vi­o­late pri­vacy and in­crim­i­nate peo­ple for be­ing ‘dif­fer­ent’. This is the true prob­lem that can­not be solved un­less by set­ting laws in­crim­i­nat­ing ha­tred and those show­ing it.

Fi­nally, one has to al­ways re­mem­ber how small he is in an enor­mous world, and that he has no right in judg­ing others and mak­ing choices for them!

— Trans­lated by Kuwait Times from Al-Jarida

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