Sunday, February 11, 2007

I consider myself to be a liberal. A person who is pro-change. Liberal is defined as "tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded". And this is where I start asking questions about how liberal I am. Is it that I am so liberal, that any ideas that do not supprt my liberal view becomes unbearable to me. Isnt it that then I am just becoming another person in the other camp?

When I look around I dont see ourselves as much different from the liliputs in Gulliver's Travels, who fought over something as trivial as how to break an egg. We fight over race, color, money, religion, sexuality....

And we never learn.

Why do we fight over how someone else looks or makes love if we are happy with ourselves. All causes of fighting are because of a sense of insecurity in us that forces us to prove to ourselves and others that we are strong.

Why do we think that the whites, blacks, browns or yellows are superior to one another?

Why do we think that it is important to read the Bible, the Quran, the Gita?

Why do we think its natural for a man to love a woman only?

Why do we think that if we are allowed to flaunt our WMDs, should someone else have to hide it?

Why do we believe that a certain part of the world is ours only and everyone else who wants to be there is an illegal immigrant?

What makes us feel that our language is superior?

What makes us feel that our deeds are being kept note of and we will be treated accordingly later?

Why do we think that we deserve better when there are others dying even before they can ask that question?

Why do we think that it is better to bring a child into a world where it will never be loved, than to kill it even before it can feel its death?

Why do we think that a girl-child is a burden?

Why do we think that a gun is going to keep us safe?

Why do we act as liliputs when we could be giants?