Let’s Behave Like Humans Too

What defines a man is not what he possesses, but how he treats his fellow beings.

What is our worth on this planet, unless we understand that people who live around us, with us, matter. Wherever I look at my society I see different nasty things occurring around me, sending shudders down my spine.In our part of the globe torturing others, mentally and emotionally, on the basis of their background, has become so rampant, as if we can’t live without putting someone else to pain. In a belief that by mistreating others our strength comes to the fore, which in reality exhibits nothing but complete sickness of our minds, we are busy attacking them so relentlessly that it doesn’t cross our mind what might be happening to others.

Herein lies the rub! Coming straight to the point, a couple of days back, strolling in the vacant lots of my area, I stumbled upon some well-off young lads discussing the prevailing situation of Kashmir. The discussion was worth listening to, but the distressing part of it was when this thick bearded man, owing to his inner rush, mocked a soft-looking rural guy that stood in the corner there – “Gamuk, Gruuss, backward certificate.” The person used vulgar language to such an extent that the victim’s eyes were turning moist and his face scarlet with every passing second. Oh God! I wish I would have been elsewhere that time rather died than seeing the heart-rending expressions wearing on the face of the victim. Uttering not even a single word to those reverberating taunts, the innocent ultimately bade adieu to this choking environment; that was probably the sole option left for him.

What was more depressing was the way the abuser was discussing – only a moment after the innocent left the place almost crying – with others. It had appeared as ‘what is done is done-who cares!’ Forgetting the dreadful influences of those taunts, abuses could have on others; ripping apart their emotional & psychological aspect-the wicked create divisions in our societies, resulting in violence.

In these times when people are already going through torments incalculable, we need to understand – and understand well – that our lingual and behavioural approaches matter. Thus it should not be torturing in nature. But rather be something imbued with love and care. Something welcoming and encouraging. It’s high time we clean our minds — put an end to the nasty stuff which resides within.

Faizaan Bashir

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