Saturday, November 29, 2008

One life to live

My heart goes out to those affected by the terror attacks in Mumbai, India. Terrorism of any sort is a sheer display of pure cowardice by extremists trying to further their claims, without regard to the rights of innocent people. Control at gun point is certainly not the quality of a leader, but that of a coward, who is fully aware of it; so they must hide behind a religion or some other agenda that would help give them a little bit of legitimacy in the eyes of like minded extremists. I believe they fully realize the damage caused to their religion, stirring suspicion and hatred of one neighbor against the other. Yet, they continue to sling mud at their own, just so that the moderate becomes agitated as the world looks to them with suspicion and hatred, thus creating a negative feedback loop that turns the moderate into extremists. As Deepak Chopra mentioned in the CNN interview, this is not an India's problem, America's problem or Europe's problem; it is our problem, plain and simple.

The best message we can send to terrorists is that we, the people of all faiths, stand united against the fear mongers; that we condemn their actions regardless of our differences. Not doing so only an encourages the terrorists in their attempt to further divide us. Despite our differences, we all have to work on making peace with one another. Religion divides us because for one reason or another, we tend to believe that our way is the only right way; instead, we must learn to respect the beliefs of others. We fail to realize that all our bickering and ideologies of after life is nothing but speculation, until we face the moment of truth; which is the moment of death. So, at least while we are alive on this earth, we should try to be a little nicer to each other. Who knows what and where the lottery ticket we hold in our hand gets us to in the life after, if there is any.

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