Do you support Israel against Palestine or vise versa?
Do you support Iran against the United states or the West or vise versa?
I see a trend within society that plays out within these forums and is rather sickening to me as someone who cares deeply for humanity and injustice
within the world. I see the suffering of people under tyrants and power whores. I see racial, ethnic, and social status oppression that destroys the
lives of millions of people. I see radical ideologies and indoctrination practices that are forced down the throats of children. I see child labor
and children forced to fight in atrocious wars. The plight of humanity is nearly unbearable when I think of all these struggles that human beings
just like me but unfortunately born in a different place are facing.
Now, the problem I have with the logic of arguments that often times take place within the arguments on ATS is that many here will stand up for the
atrocities of a nation in order to stand against the atrocities of another. One, for example, may stand for the plight of the Iranian people but in
doing so they stand up for and refuse to condemn the fact that the government and many people sanction the lynching of homosexuals, Christians, and
were guilty of a terrible crackdown on protestors during the last elections. Iran has a regime that is completely ideologically insane and is run by
psychopaths who desire nothing but power and to force their views upon the people of other nations.
Likewise, one can argue against the imperialistic pursuits of the United States that may have very well contributed to the state of the Iranian
regime. One can focus on the fact that the United States government pursued a war based on blatant lies and hundreds of thousands of citizens have
suffered and/or died as a result. Numerous other arguments could be made about the injustice of United States action within the Middle East over the
I could argue similar points in relationship to Israel and Palestine or any other warring nations. The truth of the matter is that Iran, Palestine,
Israel, and the United States are all guilty of atrocity after atrocity and yet we still find ourselves battling, screaming, and even pandering to one
side so that we can be right.
Well, where do I stand? I desire to stand for truth rather the striving to embellish atrocity. Rather than taking a side, when either side is
guilty of extremely abhorrent action, I choose to strive to find the root of the issues. I strive to examine materialism, greed, and the human psyche
related to these human desires. I strive to examine policy that has resulted in the extreme ideologies that blanket our earth and how we can change
policy. I strive to examine and point out injustice wherever it may be found and not hide anything from view because I support one regime over
another. I choose to support no side and simply fight for integrity, virtue, honesty, peace, and love.
Why are we such a divided nation and world? What does divisiveness net us within the context of what we care about and hope for. I have a feeling
that most rational human beings (not those consumed by extreme ideologies) are all for virtue, integrity, honesty, peace, and love. However, we have
different ideas of how we reach those things. The minute differences concerning the journey there are far less important than the end goal. An
example of this problem in action is the fact that most of us would love to see peace in the Middle East. Some may believe military action is
necessary, while others may believe that inaction is the best action. Others may blame Israel or the United States for the state of the Middle East.
More may argue that the Middle East is where it is because of extreme ideologies, extreme religious adherence, and abhorrent leadership. It is the
differences toward the end goal of peace that causes our divisions........more anger............more hate..................and ultimately, we get so
caught up in defending our arguments and attacking "the other side" that we lose sight of the truth that we want the same thing. We get so caught up
in the journey that we become the new battlefield and an entirely new war has begun.
This idea is playing out right now within the United States 2012 election. We all want the same things for the most part. We want prosperity, a
good life, to experience the American dream, to have abundance enough to give, to help our fellow Americans, to experience freedom, to help the world
become a better place, and anyone who argues differently is delusional. Within that context of course you have your outliers, religious nut jobs, and
those with their own ideological agenda. However, the truth is that we want the same things and we simply have different ideas of how to attain those
goals. Both sides may have some things that are right and both sides definitely have ideas that are wrong. The thing to realize is that there are
sides and those sides are held firm through anger, hate, and ridicule that is aimed towards a human being who ultimately wants the same thing that you
do. Do you see how this perpetuates the very opposite of what we are all working towards? Do you see how hate and anger spread like a disease until
one side is completely and sufficiently stamped out (often times resulting in their deaths)? Do you see how this process keeps us sufficiently
controllable and passionate enough that we won't think beyond our own arguments? Do you see how transcending towards all of our goals is nearly
impossible when we can't look outside ourselves and into the truth of hurting people?
I propose the simple statement that we agree to disagree. I believe the first step in this path is the gift or learned ability called empathy.
Empathy drives us towards understanding.
Empathy is what allows me to:
-Feel the struggle of the innocent civilian caught in the midst of a war that he or she never desired.
-Feel the pain of drug addiction that tears asunder the lives of so many young people
-Understand the terrorist who has been indoctrinated all of his life and all he knows is hate and murder
-To feel what it means to be a minority
-To understand the injustice within the judicial system that results in African Americans, who commit equal percentages of drug crime as Caucasians
yet more than 60% of those imprisoned for drug crime are African American.
-To admit that I might be wrong about a lot of things and so I can't hold onto my arguments when facts are staring me in the face...............over
the past 10 years my views have changed towards evolution, homosexuality, minorities, immigration, war, the Middle East, economics, politics, and
numerous other issues. It is only due towards empathy and my willingness to hear as a result of that empathy. Empathy drives me to hear what people
are saying behind the words.
-To value each and every human being..........what if I had been born where they were? What if I had their form of education? What if I had lost the
loved one they lost? What if I had felt the pain they felt? What if I had been born into their single parent family? What if I had occupiers living
in my country? What if I witnessed a suicide bombing? What if my family was killed by a Palestinian rocket volley? What if Israel bulldozed my
We must learn to feel people where they are if we are ever going to move beyond our anger and hatred of our differences.
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