Racism and fool­ish­ness

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Ahmad Al-Sar­raf

Racism is adopted by regimes, groups or in­di­vid­u­als to dis­tin­guish them­selves from oth­ers, for bi­o­log­i­cal, cul­tural, po­lit­i­cal, tribal, re­li­gious and other rea­sons. Hitler was a racist as he be­lieved in the supremacy of the Aryan race like the Ger­mans and Per­sians, and this be­lief was built on noth­ing, just like the for­mer South African regime be­lieved in the supremacy of the white race over black Africans. Like­wise, the peo­ple of Es­fa­han, Iran be­lieve that their city is “nisf ji­han” or half the world, maybe be­cause they are not aware of Lon­don, Bei­jing, New York or other ci­ties. Sim­i­larly, the Egyp­tians keep re­peat­ing that Cairo is the “mother of the world.”

This idea of one group’s supremacy over an­other does not rely on a sci­en­tific re­al­ity de­spite the ex­is­tence of dif­fer­ences and in­her­ited el­e­ments of peo­ple’s na­ture and their abil­i­ties, which if con­trolled or changed, changes the hu­man be­ing as well. So, it is not fair to treat those be­long­ing to a race, tribe or group with in­fe­ri­or­ity, or for be­ing so­cially and legally dif­fer­ent only be­cause their re­li­gion, tribe or color is dif­fer­ent. We see how some peo­ple from a hum­ble en­vi­ron­ment be­come in­no­va­tors when they live in a sci­en­tif­i­cally ad­vanced en­vi­ron­ment. It is ridicu­lous for an in­di­vid­ual to con­sider him­self bet­ter than oth­ers. We are born with a sta­tus due to cer­tain fac­tors and there is noth­ing to be proud about it. It is nice to be­long to a peace­ful and gen­er­ous coun­try, but when it acts clum­sily and at­tacks oth­ers with no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion, we can­not blame peo­ple for not sup­port­ing their coun­try. It is also nice to be­long to a sports club, po­lit­i­cal party or a so­cial club and be proud it, but one should not hes­i­tate back­ing out when it de­vi­ates from its goals. Or be­long to any re­li­gion or sect and be proud of it, but this does not mean ac­cept­ing the prac­tices that may be harm­ful to oth­ers. Be­ing proud of re­li­gion, sect and race should not be at the ex­pense of oth­ers. Ma­te­rial, cul­tural, art, food, cli­mate and lit­eral wealth is not lim­ited to a cer­tain per­son or group - it is rather dis­trib­uted to ev­ery­one on earth, which makes us all equal.

If a per­son be­lieves that fi­nan­cial, racial, tribal and re­li­gious sta­tus is an ad­van­tage, can he live iso­lated from the world? Of course not - iso­la­tion is im­pos­si­ble in to­day’s world, be­cause peo­ple need peace, money, food, shel­ter, beauty and so on to live, so it is fool­ish for peo­ple to act su­pe­ri­orly and be­lieve they are bet­ter than oth­ers. —Trans­lated by Kuwait TImes

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